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By Olivia Harnack
Whitman County Gazette 

COLD CASE: 50 years later, student's death remains unsolved

Remains of WSU co-ed Joyce LePage were found 50 years ago, on April 16, 1972

 

April 14, 2022

Special to the Whitman County Gazette

Joyce LePage and friend James Krumstick at a school function, circa 1968.

PASCO — Joyce Margaret LePage was born Dec. 4., 1949, into a farming family that lived just outside the city.

As an athletic and intelligent student, her decision to attend Washington State University was not a surprise to the LePage family. The family had several ties to the university in Whitman County.

But Joyce would not graduate. In fact, Joyce would never grow beyond the age of 21 years old.

In the summer of 1971, the WSU junior disappeared without a trace.

Nine months after her disappearance, her remains were found April 16, 1972, in a gully roughly 10-15 miles south of Pullman,...



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