When “supermom” Sherri Papini disappeared while jogging in November, she was not the first person to vanish from the forested path in California.
Nearly two decades earlier, 16-year-old Tera Lynn Smith went missing from the same Old Oregon Trail.
Yet unlike Papini, 34, who turned up 22 days later, the high school student was never found.
Aside from the shared location of their alleged kidnappings, the stories of the woman and teenager also bear a number of other disturbing similarities, the Daily Mail has reported.
For one thing, with their long blonde hair and blue eyes the pair look eerily similar, so much so they could almost be siblings.
They also attended the same high school, along with Papini's husband Keith, just one year apart.
Smith, who was in the class below the couple, had just been crowned homecoming princess when, on August 22 1998, she failed to return from a jog after leaving her home in Redding, California.
According to News.com.au it's widely believed she was murdered by her martial arts instructor Troy Zink, a convicted rapist with whom she had been having a relationship.
Keith Papini reportedly remembered Smith's story, and the striking similarities with his own situation led him to reach out to her father, Terry, just days after his wife's disappearance.
Keith came over for a while on the second or third day after Sherri went missing," Terry Smith told the Dail Mail.
"He also called later to ask whether I thought the FBI should get involved," he revealed.
"We didn't know him at all until this happened, but we knew Sherri through her friendship with our daughters.