Since it was the last night of their Spring Break, 17-year-old Stacie Elisabeth Madison and 18-year-old Susan Renee Smalley, both seniors at Newman Smith High School in Carrollton, Texas (a Dallas suburb), were determined that the night Saturday, March 19, 1988 would be devoted to carefree, youthful fun. This included shoe shopping at Prestonwood Town Center and visiting friends in Arlington.
At approximately 11:30 p.m., the girls stopped at the Steak and Ale restaurant in nearby Addison, where Susan visited with friends. Shortly after midnight, on March 20, 1988, the two returned to the Carrollton home owned by Susan’s mother. It is believed that they remained there just long enough to make a telephone call before venturing out into the night one last time. They would never return.
It is presumed that Stacie and Susan traveled from the Smalley residence to Forest Lane, the legendary cruise strip known to every North Dallas teenager as the premier hot spot for meeting up with friends
Two days later, on Tuesday, March 22, 1988, Stacie’s pale yellow 1967 Ford Mustang was discovered in the parking of of Webb Chapel Village on Forest Lane. Original case investigator Ohlen L. Sapp asserts that, “For certain [Stacie and Susan] ended up on down on Forest Lane [and] whoever’s vehicle Stacie Madison and Susan Smalley got into, they knew them.”
By all appearances, the girls parked and locked Stacie’s car with every intention of returning to it later and proceeded to their final destination with persons unknown. Where they went in those early morning hours, what their plans were, and the extent to which they knew the enigmatic person(s) from whom they accepted this mysterious ride are questions that remain unanswered.
Stacie Madison and Susan Smalley have not been seen or heard from since March 20, 1988 and, with the exception of one “person of interest” whom the original case investigators insist was never “properly eliminated as a suspect,” substantive leads regarding what became of the girls have never materialized.
In 2001, Joe McKey, Program Administrator for the Missing Persons Clearinghouse of the Texas Department of Public Safety, declared, “No other missing persons case in the history of North Texas law enforcement has been as baffling as this one.”
Likewise, in 2009, Ida Madison, mother of Stacie Madison, offered that the mystery of her daughter’s disappearance will be solved only “by getting that one person who knows something to come forward.”
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