This is a case that has been cold for a long time. Laurie Partridge, of Spokane, Washington, has been missing for over forty years. She was only seventeen when she disappeared on her way home from school one afternoon. I will see of the Tarot will shed any light on her case.
We start with the ten of swords, crossed by the Queen of Pentacles. This is interesting; we have lethal violence with a feminine influence! This is a woman who was concerned about materialistic goals and possibly older than Laurie. She had a bit of a suspicious and mistrusting nature, and she appears to be either a prominent player in this event, or a cause.
Beneath this, we have the two of cups. Generally, this card describes compatible partners, often in romance, but in this position in a reading about a missing person, I am inclined to wonder if it gave someone a reason to be jealous or a reason to put a stop to Laurie's love life for other reasons. The next card is the six of cups, which speaks of childhood memories; this is telling us that the Queen of Cups "came out someone's childhood" and the situation described by the ten of swords did, as well. So it appears that the violence took Laurie by surprise, but not so much the motive behind it. Next, we have the six of pentacles, which is a card of balance. This is usually material balance; trade, equity, equal sharing...that sort of thing. It could also refer to relationship compatibility, but it would be from a very unromantic perspective. What followed is the ten of cups; a happy home and family life. Someone here moved on, after Laurie's disappearance. Ultimately, this appears to have the motive of making Laurie disappear.
The Moon appears as our first card on the staff, showing intent to harm Laurie, but awaiting an opportunity. Somehow, the person who knows where Laurie is right now discovered that she would be walking alone. If the Moon were to describe a physical location, it would be near a river bank or wide stream. The seven of wands comes up in the place of environment, and this is the card of closely guarded secrets. There is also a suggestion of private property with this card, no one can enter the home or examine any facts or evidence without a warrant. Perhaps the perpetrator has water on the property or lives near it. The Moon and the ten of cups, following the ten of swords as they do in this reading, also illustrate a situation of lies and false promises. I think Laurie may have been lured into someone's home, and she never left. The next card is the Tower. The tower represents knocking down something old in order to make way for something new. It is a destructive force, and in this case, it speaks to motive. Someone perceived Laurie as someone who needed to be "moved out of the way". The last card is the Queen of Swords. This is encouraging, as she is upside right, which means that she is seeking the truth and will work to get justice for Laurie, even after all these years. This queen is often in the legal field, or in law enforcement, and I would have to say someone is still looking at Laurie's case every so often, checking any evidence for new clues. The unusual aspect of this outcome is that while Laurie had a romantic relationship that is featured in the reading as a backdrop for her disappearance and as a partial cause, her significant other is not featured here, except as someone she had known or a very long time! Forty years is a long time, hopefully the truth will be discovered soon.