Is this the car that killed Karen Caughlin?

A 1970 Plymouth Road Runner … could this be the car that killed Karen Caughlin? The paper Sarnia This Week wants to know.

Several people have been wondering about. They got a creepy feeling after remembering they used to own a car just like that. So they called Crime Stoppers and waited.

And waited some more.

Nothing happened so they went to the police identifying themselves, indicating the current car owner, identifying who used to own the car and where the car could be found now.

Then they waited. And they are still waiting.

Courtesy Heather Wright

Courtesy Heather Wright

For whatever reason, the cops are not jumping on this one. As you can see in the pictures, the car has been repainted but around the bolts the original paint is clearly visible. And there is more: the original headliner and console are preserved! Now that would be gems to have in a lab and test for forensic evidence!

But it is not being done. Kathy, Karen’s sister, wonders why. The people who reported this to the cops wonder why. Even the current owner wants to know and wonders why nobody has seen him yet. I wonder why.

On March 15, 1974, Karen went to school as usual. She was a ninth grade student at Sarnia Collegiate Institute and Technical School, in Sarnia, Canada. We know that Karen had made after-school plans. She went to a friend’s home. Later, Karen and her friend went to the Rose Garden roller rink located in Point Edward around 7:00 p.m. Karen had been with that friend the whole afternoon until they left for the skating rink. They had also made tentative arrangements for Karen to stay overnight.

Karen and her friend left the rink around 11:00 p.m. and accepted a ride from two boys 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 two boys and later picked up a third boy. The four teenagers continued to drive around the city, stopping at the A & W for a root beer, and visiting other friends (unidentified) until Karen was dropped off near her friend’s house (where she was supposed to spent the night) on Brock Street around 1:00 a.m. on the 16th of March, 1974. This was the last time that we know that Karen was seen alive. DCC has a series of blog posts about this case. They are all here.

Why is there such a resistance to check up on this cold case? Just makes you wonder ….


  1. Kathy Caughlin/Karen's Voice says:

    This is the very reason Commissioner Lewis is defending his decision not to allow Karen’s case to be reviewed outside his jurisdiction. This TIP is one of MANY. My family knew back in 1974, the OPP were not investigating tips and 28-years later we were advised the same tips never made it into the case file. Many important notations from some of the investigator’s notebooks were never transcribed into the case file. Some officers destroyed their note books!

    Commissioner Lewis also stated at the time he rejected our request for a review that Ian Maule is a professional. I don’t comprehend anything professional about his statement while he defended WHY this TIP was never investigated.

    This car is from the US and it would not be on the VIN# list Chrysler Canada provided the OPP back in 1974. To date they have never gone and examined this car. I am so sad for Karen who has the wrong people representing her in our justice system. They have failed her again and they should be fired!!

  2. Karen deserves better than this, Kathy! I will keep doing what I can to assist and expose the case to the world.

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