Episode Twenty-Seven: The Indiana Sand Dunes Three
On July 2 1966, Renee Bruhl, Patty Blough, and Ann Miller went to sunbake and swim at Lake Michigan near Indiana Dunes State Park in Indiana. A couple reported seeing the women leave their belongings on the beach at approximately 12pm and enter the lake together. The witnesses saw them speaking to an unidentified man operating a white boat sometime afterwards. The couple reported their observations to a park ranger around dusk when they noticed that the women's belongings were still sitting unclaimed on the beach.
The park rangers soon learned that missing persons' reports had been filed for Renee, Patty and Ann over the weekend in Illinois by their families. The rangers began investigating the park and located Ann's Buick in the parking lot. Her car keys had been located with her belongings and some items of the women's clothing and other personal effects were still inside the vehicle.
Investigators began researching the women's backgrounds in an attempt to discover if their disappearances were voluntary. Authorities found that there may have been problems in Renee's marriage and rumored affairs with married men involving Patty and Ann, although their families denied it. All three women were horse enthusiasts, which pointed to a possible connection with criminal activity at the horse stables they belonged to.
No evidence of the whereabouts of the three women were ever found.
Some of our research