In 1988, a woman named Peggy Sue went missing from her Utah home. Police searched everywhere for her, suspecting that her boyfriend had killed her after an argument that they had, but were never able to turn up any evidence.
Until now, when a new tenant moved into the home. He had heard the stories about a woman going missing from his very house. He decided to dig into it. As he dug through the backyard, he was able to find what police were never able to.
Wrapped in a blanket was a human skull.
Police were able to conclude through specialized testing that the remains were Peggy Sue’s.
The remains of a Spanish Fork, Utah, woman who went missing decades ago were found in the backyard shed of a local home.
Lt. Matt Johnson, of the Spanish Fork Police Department, explained the circumstances that led to the remains of Peggy Sue Case, who went missing in 1988, being discovered.
“The tenant who was moving out this morning was removing some items from the cement cellar in the backyard,” Johnson told KSTU. “He became somewhat curious and he and the individual with him decided to dig and remove some of the soil.”
The tenant, Johnson said, got the idea to dig after a neighbor told him that a woman went missing from the home decades earlier.
“They dug down approximately 18 inches and found a human skull wrapped in a blanket,” he explained.
Case had reportedly been fighting with her boyfriend at the time of her disappearance. Her boyfriend, Michael Kurfin, became a person of interest in the case in the days that followed.
“The detective at that time spent may many hours searching the residence, as well as the space beneath the residence and checked the cellar and removed some dirt from the cellar,” Johnson said.
Case was last seen at a hot tub party on July 9, 1988, where she was spotted flirting with some of the men attending the gathering. Witnesses said at the time that they could tell there was hostility between Case and Kurfin.
Kurfin was arrested in October 1988 for an unrelated case of attempted theft, serving five years behind bars. He remained a person of interest in Case’s disappearance after his release, even moving to Illinois.
Neighbors said they were disturbed that the woman’s remains were found in their area.
“I was shocked,” resident Chris Santana said. “I’m actually really happy they cracked the case. Now, the family members are going to be able to know what happened.”