Pamela Sue Wright abducted from her family's Oakville home by man with a shotgun on September 3
Kidnap Victim Shy, Naive, Friends Say By JERRI STROUD Of the Post-Dispatch Staff To those who knew Pamela Sue Wright, she was a thoughtful, quiet young woman who was close to her family and had few friends. Miss Wright, 18 years old, was abducted from her family's Oakville home Sept. 3 and apparently murdered. Her body was found Sunday in Point Creek in a heavily wooded area near the 7500 block of Christopher Drive, about five miles from the Wright home. "She was a very trusting, very naive person," said Diana Bequette, who was a friend of Miss Wright. "She was too much of an innocent person to go through this." Miss Bequette, 19, said that she did not know Miss Wright until after she had been dating Miss Wright's brother for 2'j months. Miss Wright was too shy to introduce herself until then, Miss Bequette said. "She was really shy and a very introverted person," Miss Bequette said. "If someone would talk to her, she would speak back. But as far as making the first move, she never did." Miss Bequette said that Miss Wright had had no boyfriends and only one other close friend, Barbara Harrington of Cedar Hill. Miss Wright spent most of her time with Miss Harrington, with her brother, Kevin, or at home with her mother, Mrs. Mary Wright, a widow. Miss Wright was a petite young woman, standing 5-foot-3 and weighing 90 pounds. Her shoulder-length blonde hair was usually worn hanging loose, framing her face. Miss Wright's shyness apparently hampered her efforts to make other friends at Oakville High School, Miss Bequette said. Miss Wright had attended the school since she joined the senior class last October, when her family moved to St. Louis County from Franklin County. Miss Wright graduated from Oakville High School in May. Miss Wright told her mother that the students at Oakville High School were unfriendly and that she was not doing well in school, Miss Bequette recalled. Instead of attending graduation ceremonies, Miss Wright picked up her diploma at the school office. The Wrights moved to St. Louis County four months after Pamela's father died of a heart attack in June 1976. Mrs. Wright has worked as a matron at Oakville Elementary School in the Mehl-ville School District for 12 years. She said she wanted to move closer to work after her husband died. Mr. Wright had been a maintenance worker at a school in Lonedell for 21 years, and the family lived on a farm in Franklin County near Lonedell for six years before moving to Oakville. Before that, they lived in Cedar Hill for 13 years. The Wrights have been slow to adjust to suburban life. Mrs. Wright and her two sons, John, 26, and Kevin, 19, all work, and they have met few of their neighbors. "We just haven't gotten started here," said Mrs. Wright. Her younger daughter, 14, is still in school. All the children live at home. Pamela had not yet found her niche in suburban St. Louis. She had been seeking a clerical job since her graduation, but had not found one. "She was willing to go to night school, to do anything she could to get some office work," said Mrs. Wright. Because she had few friends in Oakville, Miss Wright stayed close to her friends in Lonedell and Cedar Hill. Sometimes she would go back to the Elmwood Baptist Church in Lonedell. ' Miss Wright's hobbies of reading and painting did not take her out of the house much, and she seemed to prefer staying home. "She was her mother's right hand since she (Mrs. Wright) lost her husband," said Mrs. Myrtle Unterreiner, who has worked with Mrs. Wright at Oakville Elementary School for four . years. Mrs. Evelyn Roberts, Mrs. Wright's stepmother, said that Pamela Wright had spent part of last summer with the Robertses at Table Rock Lake and had planned to go there over the Labor Day weekend. She stayed home instead and became the victim of the abduction and apparent murder. Funeral services for Miss Wright will be at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Fey undertaking establishment, 4100 Lemay Ferry Road, Mehlville. Friends have set up a fund to benefit the Wright family at Lemay Bank and Trust Co. Contributions can be sent to the bank, 152 Lemay Ferry Road, St. Louis, Mo. 63125. Contributions are not tax deductible.