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Missing Rachanda Lea Pickle
Rachanda, circa 1990; Age progression forensics photo to age 41 (circa 2018); John Arthur Ackroyd, circa 1990; Ackroyd, circa 2013
Missing Since 07/10/1990
Sweet Home, Oregon
Classification Endangered Missing
Date of Birth Used 03/15/1977 (44)
Age 13 years old
Height and Weight 4'7, 90 pounds
Clothing/Jewelry Description Pajamas or black sweatpants, a white t-shirt, sneakers and silver stud earrings.
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Rachanda has a scar on her forehead. Her ears are double-pierced. Her nickname is Channy.
Details of Disappearance Rachanda was last seen watching television at her family's residence on the Santiam Pass in Sweet Home, Oregon at 10:00 a.m. on July 10, 1990. She has never been heard from again. Her mother was at work at the time of her disappearance.
Rachanda's stepfather, John Arthur Ackroyd, is the last person known to have seen her. He said he came home during a break from work and asked Rachanda if she wanted to go for a ride with him. She said no and he left. When he returned to the house at approximately 12:45 p.m., Rachanda had vanished. Her mother and stepfather didn't report her missing until the next day.
For years Ackroyd was the prime suspect in Rachanda's case, and her family believed he had murdered her. He didn't seem upset that Rachanda was missing, and police were suspicious because he knew her weight and her bra size but not her birthday. Prior to her disappearance, Rachanda and her brother regularly went to school with bruises, and Rachanda told her friends Ackroyd had caused the injuries. She was afraid to go home from school; as a result, she often spent the night at friends' homes.
Photos of Ackroyd are posted with this case summary. After Rachanda disappeared, he and her mother separated, and her mother moved to California and remarried.
In 1992, Ackroyd was sentenced to five life terms in prison for the unrelated murder of Kaye Jean Turner, who was abducted and murdered in 1978. Ackroyd "found" her body eight months later and was under suspicion in her case for many years, but he wasn't convicted in her death until 1994. Another man was also convicted in Turner's death.
In the autumn of 2013, Ackroyd reached a plea deal with prosecutors in Rachanda's death. He pleaded no contest in her death and agreed not to seek parole for Turner's murder and to decline release even if he became eligible.
Foul play is suspected in Rachanda's disappearance due to the circumstances involved.
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