Teresa Lynn Rhodes Missing since September 27, 1975 from Greensburg, Westmoreland County
Vital Statistics Date of Birth: January 15, 1962 Age at Time of Disappearance: 13 Height: 5'3" Weight: 120 lbs Eye Color: Hazel Hair Color: Brown Distinguishing Characteristics: Scar from a dog bite on her upper lip, believed to be on the left side. Clothing: A red and white jacket, red slacks Nickname: Teri
Case Details On Saturday, September 27, 1975, at around 11 a.m., Teri Rhodes, of South Greensburg, left her home to go to a girlfriend's house.
At 13, Teri was not yet allowed to date. She never missed dinner time and always, when she left the house, would tell where she was going.
It was later discovered, however, that going to a friend's house, or shopping at the mall, may have been cover stories for a lifestyle she'd been introduced to, one that included a former South Greensburg police officer later convicted for a contract murder, a friend of the cop who was allegedly into the drug world and who had a fondness for young girls, and a so-called 'party house' on Bell Way in Greensburg.
Teri's disappearance was initially viewed as that of a runaway and was treated as such, despite the fact that when she left her home that afternoon, she didn't take her purse or pack a bag and none of her clothes were missing. Yet there were no press releases, no media coverage and the original police report only contains a description of Teri and the words "possible runaway".
It was years after Teri disappeared that her friend admitted that the two girls had been at the Bell Way house on that Saturday. The friend last saw Teri at about 6pm as she (the friend) was leaving the party with a man. The friend made it home that night. Teri didn't.
In 1987, a relative of Teri's family contacted a local psychic. Information the psychic gave led to a search of Schenley Park in Pittsburgh, and another search in 1989 at St Clair Park in Greensburg. No trace of Teri was found.
Another lead came from an incarcerated confidential informant to the state police. Teri's body was allegedly buried in an area of Keystone State Park locally referred to as "Transylvania", an area known in the '60s and '70s as a lover's lane and keg party site. But again, Teri's remains weren't found.
Over the years, tips have trickled in, but the questions to what happened to Teri Rhodes on that Saturday in 1975 have not been answered and she remains missing.
If you have any information about this case, please contact:
Westmoreland County Detective Bureau 724-830-3286
Sources Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pittsburgh Press Facebook Family of Teresa Lynn Rhodes