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When a housewife vanishes, left behind is is a forged note and all of her possessions.

Pamela Page

Missing:

Gender: Female
DOB: 1/18/57
Height: 5’8”
Weight: 200 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Red
Defining Characteristics: Has two moles on the front of her neck and a mole near her nose

CASE DETAILS

The signature on the letter was not Pam’s

Peoria, Arizona, is a comfortable suburb just outside Phoenix. Pam and Rob Page moved here in 1977, and by all accounts, their marriage was solid. On July 22nd, 1989, Rob came home to an empty house and a letter from Pam.  Pam wrote that she had left town with a woman named Sarah, and that she had been planning this for a long while. Rob claimed he was embarrassed because he thought his wife had left him for a woman. He did not notify Pam’s family in Arkansas that she was gone. Four days later, however, Pam’s oldest sister, Trena, happened to call. She was surprised to learn of Pam’s disappearance:

“It seemed out of character for her not to let anyone know where she was. But I didn’t think about that at first. I just had one thing on my mind, getting word to somebody that she was missing.”

Pam’s father, Willie Frisby, asked to see the letter, and Rob faxed him a copy. Willie was immediately distressed:

“When I received that faxed letter, I knew that something was very wrong. For one thing, I looked at the signature. I had birthday cards and letters from Pam, and the signature wasn’t her signature.”

Was the psychic right about the murder?

Rob told Pam’s family that a missing person’s report had already been filed. But when one of Pam’s sisters called the local police, she discovered that they had never even heard of the case.

Detectives began their investigation by questioning Rob Page. He told them that on the day of Pam’s disappearance, he had gone to several auto parts stores. At one, his truck would not start. Rob said he called home and got no answer, so he phoned for a taxi. Rob told police that he never went into the house, only the garage. He got a part for his truck and rode his bike back to the store. When the truck finally started, he drove home and that’s when he found the letter. In it, Pam stated that she had taken all of their money, $60,000 in cash, out of the safe at the video store. Rob said he went to the store and confirmed that the cash was gone.

No one saw Rob’s truck in the parking lot

The letter also said that Pam had left the couple’s Corvette at a local doughnut shop. Rob claimed he found it the next day. Soon, police began to question the details of Rob’s story. None of the employees at the last auto parts store remembered Rob, or anyone else, asking about an ignition switch. There was another problem with Rob’s story. Rob had said his truck, which was very distinctive, was parked at the store for nearly four hours that afternoon. But none of the employees ever recalled seeing the truck in front of the store or anyone working on it.

Finally, three weeks after Pam disappeared, the Arizona state crime lab confirmed that the signature on the letter was almost certainly not Pam’s. Det. Sgt. Doug Hildebrandt questioned Rob on the issue:

“Mr. Page refused to believe me and was adamant that his wife had in fact signed the letter.  After continuing to question Mr. Page about the signature on the letter, he admitted to me that he in fact, did sign that letter.”

It was a stunning turnaround, enough to make Rob Page a suspect. Suddenly, he began to tell a completely different story. Now, Rob insisted that he had actually found the letter in the family computer a few days before Pam disappeared, stating that she would be leaving him. He also claimed that he confronted his wife on the discovery. According to Rob’s new story, a few days after the confrontation, he came home to find the house a mess. Rob told police that most of Pam’s clothes were gone, along with the family pictures and one of their dogs. Pam’s credit cards and house keys were on the kitchen table, but Rob couldn’t find her driver’s license.

Rob’s stories were inconsistent

Rob claims that after making these discoveries, he decided to act. He went downstairs and added four sentences to the letter in the computer, printed it out, and signed Pam’s name. He then drove her Corvette to the doughnut shop, went to the pay phone across the street, and called a taxi. Det. Hildebrandt:

“Mr. Page stated that he fabricated some of the things he did because no one would ever believe him that his wife had in fact left him, had he not done this. Due to Mr. Page’s inconsistent statements and the suspicious circumstances surrounding the disappearance of his wife, he was offered a polygraph examination on several occasions to eliminate him as a suspect in his wife’s disappearance. He declined the polygraph on each occasion that it was offered.”

Despite the suspicions about Rob Page, police found no evidence that he had done anything wrong except change his story. No charges were filed and the investigation ground to a halt.

As a last resort, Pam’s sister, Jimmie Rice, consulted Carol Pate, a psychic in Little Rock, Arkansas. Pate had worked with the Little Rock police for ten years. Working only from a photo of Pam, the psychic said that she saw Pam with a man in what appeared to be Pam’s house. The two were arguing.Carol claims she saw the man knock Pam to the floor and suffocate her with a pillow. Another female came and assisted him in placing her in the trunk. She said the two drove somewhere, and that she saw the name Coolidge and the numbers 2-4-1. She then saw a gray factory near a railroad. Finally, the man pulled over, removed the body, and began to dig.

Jana Thorson, an Arizona newspaper reporter covering Pam’s disappearance, followed up the clues. She found a gray factory building near some railroad tracks in Peoria. Nearby she found a sign with the numbers 2-4-1.  A route that ran from Bob and Pam’s house to the home of a friend passed both these sites and ended at a street named Coolidge.

But there is no way to evaluate Carol Pate’s information until it’s known whether Pam Page met with foul play, or chose to disappear. As for Rob Page, he still insists that his wife is alive.

Rob Page has since divorced his missing wife. Police say he is no longer a suspect in the case, but they still have no idea what happened to Pam Page.


Watch this case now on Amazon Prime in season seven with Robert Stack and in season six with Dennis Farina. Also available on YouTube with Dennis Farina. Various seasons available now on Hulu.

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8 Comments

  1. thinkingoutloud

    if rob genuinely believed she left for another woman, why did he claim to have filed a police report to her family? and if she left why would he be so concerned to prove to everyone that she genuinely left by creating a fake letter and moving her car? he clearly killed her and disposed of her body and came up with a lame excuse to try and help himself out but it makes him look more guilty.

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  2. Jeff

    It’s obviously the husband. Why did he fabricate so much and went through so much trouble to do so? Why did he lie from the start? He’ll do it again.

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  3. Johnny

    Interesting case for sure! It’s strange nobody at these auto parts stores or places remembered seeing Rob Page. You would think some employee would have remembered his distinctive truck or Rob. This has 3 possible theories: 1.Pamela absconded with the $60,000 and some belongings deciding to start a new life. 2. Pamela was duped by this Sarah and the friendship was a ruse to take her money and her life. 3.Rob Page knows more than he’s telling. Page could have been accidentally struck in an argument or heat of the moment thing. Her body dumped in the vast Arizona desert. Then, Rob went about his day trying to establish alibis by going to various parts stores places and writing the letter.
    This is a good mystery where there could be several possible theories to what happened to Pamela Page. One key could be Pamela’s driving license. She would have to renew it. It also would be on record if she changed her name somehow or was remarried. This is an Unsolved Mystery that can be solved but it’s been nearly 30 years old.

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  4. HR77

    Why would anyone care about a psychic? I am still amazed to this day that UM allows it. I would only consider it if I thought that the psychic was a suspect.

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  5. HR77

    A couple ideas come to mind. Who is Sarah? He doesn’t even know her. Does anyone know Sarah? The whole letter could have been written by him not just the last four sentences. Maybe Sarah was his friend who got money to seduce her, take her somewhere and kill her. All part of an elaborate ruse. Or there was a robbery/abduction and he has nothing to do with it. And the people who took her and the money were meticulously clean. Maybe they knew them from the video and targeted them. Maybe this Sarah targeted her for the money. And he again had nothing to do with it. I don’t think we can assume he did it. That’s bad detective work. I think he is distant but there are reasons for that. I think some of the stuff he did could certainly be chalked up for embarrassment. I think he had an accomplice if he was involved. The murder happened far away and it wasn’t directly by his own hands.

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  6. Anonymous

    I went out with this man a few years after this happened…he had a boat which is pictured in the background. He was meticulous in his care of that boat….after I found out about what happened I always wondered if he dumped her in the water somewhere. He also worked at Palo Verde, lots of desert out there. I’m not sure what happened to her, but Rob was not a very big man, he would have to had caught her by surprise as I remember him being short and and quite thin, almost effeminate in his mannerisms. Either way, I hope they find Pam, her family deserves answers.

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  7. Anonymous

    so did anyone ever try to dig near that site that was mentioned by the physic? seems like the details were eerily correct. I would think that someone would at least try to excavate the area

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    • Alexis

      I agree with your comment I just watched the show on this and a cadaver dog would be useful at least give this family some closure and check to see if the psychic was right. The police force used her for cases for 10 years she had to know what she was doing.

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