It is believed that Miss Caughlin was struck by a vehicle and left for dead in a shallow ditch on the side of Plowing Match Road (formally known as Side Road 6-7) in Enniskillen Township, a couple kilometers northwest of the town of Petrolia.
Her body is said to have been located on the 16th of March, 1974, around 9:50 a.m., by an area farmer, Mr. Fred Bygrove.
No substantive leads in the case have been released by police.”
On March 15, 1974, Karen Caughlin went to school as usual. She was a ninth grade student at Sarnia Collegiate Institute and Technical School, in Sarnia. We know that Karen had made after-school plans. She went to a friend’s home and later they went to the Rose Garden roller rink located in Point Edward around 7:00 p.m. They had made tentative arrangements for Karen to stay overnight at her friend’s house.
Karen and her friend left the rink around 11:00 p.m. and accepted a ride from a couple of boys and left in a pick-up truck. Karen’s friend was dropped off at her home a short time later. Karen continued to drive around the area with these boys before picking up a third teenage boy. The four teenagers then continued to drive around the city, stopping at the A & W for a root beer, and visiting other unidentified friends until Karen was dropped off near her friend’s house on Brock Street around 1:00 a.m. where she was to spent the night. This was the last time Karen was seen alive. One of the three boys has passed away.
To be continued!