In the early hours of July 27, 1973, a teenager from Brooklyn, New York, set out to meet his girlfriend. The pair were planning to attend one of the biggest concerts in rock history, Summer Jam.
The festival welcomed about 600,000 concertgoers, marking it as one of the largest gatherings of people in US history. Its founder felt "very, very lucky" nothing went awry.
After all, the rock fest was almost guaranteed to be a disaster, having only allocated for around 150,000 people. Teenagers snuck in through porta-potties, the local McDonald's was forced to airlift in more food, and the thousands of people who lined the fences put pressure on the venue to ultimately make it a free show.
Historically, the event went off without a hitch — except for the strange disappearance of the two love-struck teens, who vanished on their way to the show.
Now, Summer Jam is remembered not only for the music but also 16-year-old Mitchel Weiser and 15-year-old Bonnie Bickwit's disappearance. The pair, both gifted students, are the oldest missing-teen cases in America and were initially dismissed as classic romantic runaways expected to return home when their affection for one another ran out.
But 50 years on, the families of Bonnie and Mitchel are still dealing with the fallout from alleged police incompetence and a bungled investigation, along with the misfeasance of the New York City Police Department's Missing Persons Squad, which lost the original case file.