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mysteriew
07-23-2005, 04:39 PM
One indisputable fact is that Amy Wroe Bechtel disappeared July 24, 1997.

Eight years ago Sunday, she was last seen in Lander, the central Wyoming town where she had moved with Steven Bechtel, her husband of 13 months, to join a community of ardent high- country athletes. Wearing black shorts and running shoes, she stopped at an art gallery about 2:30 p.m. to discuss matting one of her photographs.

And then the 24-year-old, petite, blond Olympic marathon hopeful vanished.

Steven Bechtel, a rock-climber who is now 35, refused to be interviewed by investigators after he felt initial questioning turned accusatorial. He also refused to take a lie-detector test on the advice of his lawyer. He did not return calls from the Rocky Mountain News to be interviewed for this story.

His refusal to cooperate with authorities frustrates the Wroe family, who accuse him of being selfish, even heartless, not to tell what he knows.
To the FBI and the Fremont County Sheriff's Department, the case remains as active today as the night when Steve Bechtel reported his wife had not come home from a run.

"In my opinion, Steve was the only suspect when she disappeared, and Steve is the only suspect now," former Sheriff Larry Mathews said. "There are no other suspects who had the motive or the opportunity."
http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/state/article/0,1299,DRMN_21_3948118,00.html

georgiagirl
09-01-2006, 09:39 PM
is this case still open? Has she ever been found??

EdinburghLass
09-03-2006, 06:04 PM
She is still missing. :(

concernedperson
09-03-2006, 07:40 PM
Is he from the same Bechtel family in SF? The ones with worldwide construction contracts? If so, they are so big....bigger than a lot of countries...that nothing may ever be heard about this again. Just speculating I know nothing but the name jumped out at me.

Rle7
07-24-2007, 05:41 AM
The case of Amy Wroe Bechtel has been cold for several years.

Roger Rizor, lead detective on the case, said it is still considered open, but "I would say it's stalled."

Early in the investigation, friends of Amy put out about 250,000 fliers looking for her, with her photo, description, and a number to call with information. Now, even a toll-free number set up for the case has expired and leads to a salacious "chat" line.

People with information on the case are asked to call the Fremont County Sheriff's Department. Rizor said the last bit of information trickling in about the case was a repeat of earlier information: That a carload of American Indians from the nearby Wind River Indian Reservation were in the area the day Amy disappeared, drinking. They hit her, and buried her on the reservation.

"We never could find any information on that," Rizor said. "Over the years, the same clue has come up from people calling and people saying they have this information. We have never, never been able to pin it down as anything valid."

"When it comes down to the location of a body, no one knows," he said.

http://www.casperstartribune.net/articles/2007/07/24/news/wyoming/bef703f60a845eb58725731f00210751.txt

Rle7
07-24-2007, 06:19 AM
Amy Wroe Bechtel case timeline
1997
* July 24. It's a Thursday. Amy Bechtel is last seen at the Camera Connection in Lander around 2:30 p.m. Her husband, Steve Bechtel, calls a friend at 4:30 p.m. and reports having returned home to Lander from a trip to Dubois. Around 10:30 p.m., the Fremont County Sheriff's Office is notified that Amy Bechtel is missing.
* July 25. Around 1 a.m., Steve Bechtel's friends find her car, a white Toyota Tercel wagon, parked on the Burnt Gulch Road turnoff in the mountains above Lander, where she reportedly was to go running. Deputies get to the scene an hour later, and by 3 a.m., a major search is on, with more and more people coming to the Loop Road scene to look.
* July 26. Search-and-rescue teams using dogs, two private helicopters and at least 100 volunteers search the area.
* July 27. The sheriff's office takes an average 1,000 calls an hour, and expands the search area to a 20- to 30-mile radius of the car. A hand-held infrared detection device is flown in from Cheyenne, and a helicopter from F.E. Warren Air Force Base joins the search.
* July 28. About 80 searchers comb the area around Frye, Fiddler's and Louis lakes on horseback and all-terrain vehicles. A helicopter from the Bureau of Indian Affairs joins the search, along with a dozen four-wheel all-terrain vehicles. Heavy rains hamper progress.
* July 29. Authorities begin to consider the possibility of foul play and discuss expanding the search to include places where a body could possibly be hidden, such as caves, old cabins, mines and culverts.
* July 30. Duplicates of Amy Bechtel's shoes and clothing are ordered to aid searchers. Posters of Bechtel and her description, as well as yellow ribbons, are hung around the region. Investigators say they found a footprint that may have matched Bechtel's shoe east of where Bechtel's car was found.
* July 31. Reporters are told the area is now considered a crime scene, and the search for Bechtel is scaled back as the possibility of foul play becomes more likely. The command post, stationed on the Loop Road, is moved to the sheriff's office, to centralize efforts. Some 25 agents from the FBI and state Department of Criminal Investigation join the investigation.
* Aug. 1. The FBI blocks off both ends of the Loop Road. Motorists must check in before they can drive through. Around this time, Steve Bechtel cuts short an interview with county and FBI investigators after an agent reportedly accuses him of killing Amy. According to Steve, the FBI agent said, "`I have evidence that proves you killed Amy, and we would like to have you take a polygraph test right now to prove that you didn't.'" Steve retains Jackson lawyer Kent Spence, son of famed defense lawyer Gerry Spence, to represent his interests in the investigation. Spence advises Steve against taking a polygraph, as investigators, and Amy's parents and brother, have implored him to do.
* Aug. 5. Checkpoints are in place at the forest's entrances to contact anyone who might have been in the forest when Bechtel disappeared.
* Aug. 6. Steve Bechtel's home and pickup truck are searched by Fremont County authorities who need DNA samples of Amy's, such as hair and toenails. Officials are also looking for additional items that may result in new clues, such as a diary.
* Aug. 7. The Bechtels' friends and family distribute missing person posters to national parks, hundreds of truck stops nationwide, and every chamber of commerce in Wyoming. Steve Bechtel's attorney, Kent Spence, criticizes the search of Bechtel's property, calling agents' behavior "aggressive" and "insulting."
* Aug. 20. Fremont County Sheriff Larry Mathews said the search of the Bechtels' home yielded little to help in the search for Bechtel, and that much of the evidence collected was taken only in case it is needed to help identify a body.
* Aug. 23. Sheriff's officials say the investigation is nearing the "saturation point'' locally. Pictures are requested from NASA from the Russian space station Mir, which was believed to have snapped a shot of the area the day Bechtel disappeared.
* Sept. 11. Reported sightings of Amy continue to pour in from across the country, including in Ralston, Texas; Wisconsin; New Mexico; Salt Lake City, and Colorado Springs. Investigators say they are no closer to finding Amy Bechtel than they were the day she vanished.
* Sept. 28. A 10K race for Amy takes place on the Loop Road. Investigators are also searching for Kelly McLoud, who was allegedly known to follow and call Amy Bechtel before she moved to Lander.
* Oct. 25. A search of old mine shafts in the Atlantic City area fails to turn up new clues.
1998

http://www.casperstartribune.net/articles/2007/07/24/news/wyoming/a97568946c44e8bd8725731f0020ff28.txt

Mysteries Bother Me
09-26-2007, 12:04 AM
Outside Magazine has a full story on this case, from 1998, http://outside.away.com/outside/magazine/0398/9803longgone.html

aj1020
09-26-2007, 12:17 PM
Outside Magazine has a full story on this case, from 1998, http://outside.away.com/outside/magazine/0398/9803longgone.html

That's a good article. It paints a much clearer picture of her disappearance than the news articles do. Such a heartbreaking story.

lymom3
09-26-2007, 12:38 PM
My heart skipped a beat. I thought maybe they finally found her. Such a sad story. She is one that I always remember...she just looked so vibrant and full of life.

aj1020
09-26-2007, 12:49 PM
My heart skipped a beat. I thought maybe they finally found her. Such a sad story. She is one that I always remember...she just looked so vibrant and full of life.

I agree. I wish there was a picture of her to link on this thread - none of the linked news articles have pics. :(

jodierenee
09-26-2007, 12:50 PM
website:

http://www.fpcg.net/amy/

aj1020
09-26-2007, 12:51 PM
Here is a link to a missing page on her, with a pic!
http://www.fpcg.net/amy/

ETA: We had the same thought! :)

Here's her Charley Project page: http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/b/bechtel_amy.html

aj1020
09-26-2007, 12:54 PM
Also an Unsolved Mysteries link:
http://www.unsolved.com/1103-Bechtel.html

gaia227
07-11-2008, 12:35 PM
Bumping for Amy. It will be 11 years on the 24th. Has anyone tied her disappearence to Gary Hilton? She disappeared from a state park...just a thought.

I used to live in Wyoming and spent some time in the Wind River Reservation. There is so much vast space that is federal land, therefore undisturbed that it seems like an impossible task trying to find someone's body if they are out there. I cannot think of a better spot to hide a body than the Wyoming back country. Wyoming is one the most beautiful places I have every visited. I worked in Yellowstone and felt like I was living in a painting.

georgiagirl
11-28-2009, 07:15 PM
Bumping for Amy.....

I think the husband is guilty as sin.....

Trident
11-30-2009, 08:13 AM
Bumping for Amy.....

I think the husband is guilty as sin.....

I just found this case and started sleuthing. I wonder if Amy was pregnant?
Did you notice Steve remarried? Do you know who he married and when?

Trident
11-30-2009, 08:39 AM
I just found this case and started sleuthing. I wonder if Amy was pregnant?
Did you notice Steve remarried? Do you know who he married and when?

OK, I answered one of my own questions. Steve remarried in 2004, but I don't know the wife's name. I also read Amy's mother's take on the 911 call. Interesting to say the least.
http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/article_f289eca2-a639-5a75-a565-814f41b5249c.html

I don't know if this link will work or not, but I got a good update by searching Amy Bechtel 2005.

Interesting case, high time it was solved.

Link works, good info.

SnowAngels
11-30-2009, 12:03 PM
For what it's worth, I found two interesting things online:

1) Forensic astrology analysis of the case:

http://forensicastrology.blogspot.com/2009/01/amy-bechtel-wroe.html

2) Someone who claims to know who killed her (they even name the individual) and motivation for the crime. Perhaps this should be taken with a grain of salt. I'm assuming this claim was already investigated by authorities?

http://www.unsolvedmysteries.com/usm35004.html

lymom3
11-30-2009, 01:44 PM
This is one of those cases that haunt me. I hope for resolution for the Wroe family.

EdinburghLass
11-30-2009, 04:30 PM
Here is her husband's blog -

http://www.blogger.com/profile/16899065264977555925 (http://www.blogger.com/profile/16899065264977555925)

PrairieWind
12-01-2009, 12:58 PM
I live in Wyoming and this case always haunted me. There are a number of young attrctive women the have gone missing or turned up dead in Wyo, Utah, Ida. Sometimes there is talk of the "Great Basin Murders". A refereence to the possibility that there was a serial killer responsible for the. Several years ago, Dale Wayne Eaton was arrested and convicted in the "Lil Miss" murder of Lisa Kimmell. He lived between Casper and Riverton wyoming, out in the middle of nowhere. He was also fingered in the attempted abduction of young couple off of I-80 several years earlier. He was in the vicinity of Lander/Riverton on the day Bechtel went missing. Its a possibility but no evidence. I think it unlikely that her body will ever be found, that area of Wyoming is so unbelievably remote and rugged. Eaton isn't talking, he currently sits on death row and his appeals are running out.I have the feeling he was probably responsible for the deaths of many more. I never really believed that Bechtel's husband was involved.

carbuff
12-11-2009, 04:58 PM
OK, I answered one of my own questions. Steve remarried in 2004, but I don't know the wife's name. I also read Amy's mother's take on the 911 call. Interesting to say the least.
http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/article_f289eca2-a639-5a75-a565-814f41b5249c.html

I don't know if this link will work or not, but I got a good update by searching Amy Bechtel 2005.

Interesting case, high time it was solved.

Link works, good info.

Interesting timeline with lots of information. That quote from the call is the first thing that's made me think the husband shouldn't be the main suspect. That's the kind of diffident stupid joke a guy makes when he's thinking something on the order of, "I'm blowing this all out of proportion and I'm going to look like a jackass when she comes home and I realize I forgot she said she was having dinner with friends, but this just doesn't feel right."

I can't shake the feeling that she was meeting somebody. Glancing at her watch, not telling anybody where she was going, husband out of town? One wonders.

UMfanforever
01-24-2010, 11:36 PM
Dailymotion - Amy Wroe Bechtel - a News & Politics video@@AMEPARAM@@http://www.dailymotion.com/swf/xbzbwz@@AMEPARAM@@xbzbwz

UMfanforever
01-30-2010, 01:55 AM
Dailymotion - Amy Wroe Bechtel - a News & Politics video (http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xbzbwz_amy-wroe-bechtel_news)

Seems like any time I post the thread dies. Any comment at all on this video?

georgiagirl
01-30-2010, 11:04 AM
Seems like any time I post the thread dies. Any comment at all on this video?

I think the husband had something to do with it.

bird33
02-15-2010, 01:27 PM
My wife and I are both from Douglas. Although we didn't know Amy my sister in law did and she told us about this case as we now live in Missouri! If my wife was missing I WOULD TAKE A POLYGRAPH TEST NO MATTER WHAT!!!!!!! So Stevie boy, if YOU HAVE ANY BALLS OR COMPASSION AT ALL, WHICH I DOUBT YOU DO!!!! GET YOUR FRKN ASS ON THE SEAT AND TAKE THE TEST!!!!!!!!!!!!

reportertype
04-26-2010, 08:16 PM
I agree with carbuff. I dismiss the camper's truck sighting, since Steve was already home at that time. The person he met corroborated his story and I don't see how he had time to drive 75 miles both ways, then farther up to the area where Amy was running, kill her, dispose of her thoroughly and return home.

As far as the polygraph and getting a lawyer, I don't blame him one bit. It's absolutely the smartest thing to do if you have any inkling the police suspect you and in any case where a spouse goes missing, you can bet they're gonna look at the wife/hubby. His lawyer says not to take the test, I'd listen to my lawyer. That's what he's getting paid for. They are notoriously unreliable.

bird33
11-13-2010, 08:21 PM
The husband did this! Hes home enjoying his life with no regards to his ex inlaws or the people that love Amy! The least he could have done was take a lie detector test! It could help ease peoples minds if he came back as telling the truth! But of course hes not telling the truth so.................well lets just continue living and having fun Steve!!!!!

carbuff
11-13-2010, 08:56 PM
Lie detector tests are worthless. That's why they're not allowed in court as evidence. The only thing they're good for is allowing the media to throw dirt at people they happen to dislike, whether or not that person is guilty.

Refusing to take one isn't a sign of cowardice, it's a sign of being smart.

bird33
11-17-2010, 06:26 PM
If I was innocent, I would take a lie detector test no questions asked! i love my wife and inlaws enough to know that I would do ANYTHING and I mean ANYTHING to prove my innocence!! <modsnip> Our hearts are with you Amy and SHAME on you Steve!!! I would spend the rest of my life looking for the lady I love! What did you do Stevie????

bird33
01-13-2011, 04:02 PM
I hope that they open up a cold case investigation for the Wroe family!

georgiagirl
01-20-2011, 10:56 PM
I think Steve Bechtel is the owner of the company at the link below. If you scroll down all the way to the bottom..

http://lmntl.net/wordpress/?page_id=694

TechWriter797
01-20-2011, 11:20 PM
<snipped>
* Sept. 28. A 10K race for Amy takes place on the Loop Road. Investigators are also searching for Kelly McLoud, who was allegedly known to follow and call Amy Bechtel before she moved to Lander.
<snipped>

What's this about Kelly McLoud? Does anyone know?

carbuff
01-21-2011, 09:39 AM
What's this about Kelly McLoud? Does anyone know?

Everything I could find is in this article: http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/article_f289eca2-a639-5a75-a565-814f41b5249c.html

TechWriter797
01-22-2011, 12:09 AM
Everything I could find is in this article: http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/article_f289eca2-a639-5a75-a565-814f41b5249c.html

Kelly McLoud sounds like a stalker. I wish we had more information on him or her.

carbuff
01-22-2011, 11:57 AM
Kelly McLoud sounds like a stalker. I wish we had more information on him or her.

Apparently him.

The timeline implies he was in jail in Oregon at the time -- I wonder if there are public records for that?

CMac2
03-27-2011, 02:24 PM
I did a Google search on "Kelly McLoud Wyoming" (http://books.google.com/books?id=EIfHTrIzbmUC&pg=PA114&lpg=PA114&dq=kelly+mcloud+wyoming&source=bl&ots=gOWYZdhM3T&sig=Y29EsRsrnNeCanNKWhJBpSzCIcU&hl=en&ei=v3yPTZjGEtStgQfWmdG4DQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CBoQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=kelly%20mcloud%20wyoming&f=false) and got a hit in Google Books. The book is called Rivers of Blood, by Robert Scott, and does provide some detailed information about Kelly McLoud during the time Amy went missing. Beginning on page 114:

The investigators also started looking at a man named Kelly McLoud, who had become infatuated with Amy when she worked as a waitress at a coffee shop. Apparently, McLoud had been on the run for seven years when he met Amy in the Laramie coffee shop.

It goes on to state that Amy got McLoud interested in running, and that he joined a few races in the area. Over time, he became obsessive, which made Amy uncomfortable.

Later, on page 116, it states LE was able to track McLoud down in March of 1998. He was in prison in Oregon, and was able to prove to authorities that he was actually on the east coast when Amy vanished. Lead (then) investigator King does claim, however, that McLoud was able to provide valuable information to them about the nature of Steve and Amy's relationship. He declines to say what this information was, but says none of the information was unexpected, whatever that's supposed to mean.

ETA: Why would LE take the word of a convict (and a man who was obsessed with a woman who is now missing) over the word of Steve Bechtel? It seems to me that investigators have already zero'd in on Bechtel as their man, and will disregard any bit of information that doesn't fit their scenario. Similarly, they seem willing to take any person's word as bond, again, provided the information fits their pre-determined theory. For this reason, I don't blame Steve at all for refusing to take a lie detector test.

I don't know... I really never thought Steve was the guy behind this. I saw a quote in one of the many articles I've read about this case- I think it came from Steve's attorney- that basically said they've always believed the authorities took their inability to find any leads in this case out on Steve. It's as if they blame Steve for the fact that the perp (whoever it may be) did not leave behind any clues.

Can anyone shed some light on Steve and Amy's relationship? I know the investigators confiscated some journals Steve kept... some of the writing, from what I gather, was kind of strange. Other than that, were the Bechtels getting along well? Any history of jealousy, violence or infidelity?

CMac2
03-27-2011, 02:41 PM
I live in Wyoming and this case always haunted me. There are a number of young attrctive women the have gone missing or turned up dead in Wyo, Utah, Ida. Sometimes there is talk of the "Great Basin Murders". A refereence to the possibility that there was a serial killer responsible for the. Several years ago, Dale Wayne Eaton was arrested and convicted in the "Lil Miss" murder of Lisa Kimmell. He lived between Casper and Riverton wyoming, out in the middle of nowhere. He was also fingered in the attempted abduction of young couple off of I-80 several years earlier. He was in the vicinity of Lander/Riverton on the day Bechtel went missing. Its a possibility but no evidence. I think it unlikely that her body will ever be found, that area of Wyoming is so unbelievably remote and rugged. Eaton isn't talking, he currently sits on death row and his appeals are running out.I have the feeling he was probably responsible for the deaths of many more. I never really believed that Bechtel's husband was involved.

I found this quote in aWikipedia article dedicated to the Lil Miss murder. You may be on to something!

Amy Wroe Bechtel is among the Great Basin killer's potential victims. On the morning of July 24, 1997, the 24-year-old left her Lander, Wyoming apartment to run errands. At 2:30 that afternoon, Amy was seen at a photo shop. This was the last confirmed sighting of Amy. It's believed she left the photo shop and drove into the Shoshone National Forest to check the course of a 10K race her gym was planning. When her husband returned home at 4:30 p.m., she was not home. By nightfall he alerted neighbors and the sheriff's department. Amy's white Toyota station wagon was found parked off a dirt road in the Shoshone Forest.
No trace of Amy has been found but subsequent investigation placed Eaton on business in the area around the time of the disappearance.

More at link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lil_Miss_murder

kemo
04-06-2011, 04:24 PM
The principle "evidence" against Steve Bechtel, aside from the fact that he was the husband, was some "writings" of his (apparently attempts at fiction" that suggested an interest in violence, and getting away with murder). The principle "evidence" in his favor is the fact that Amy's car was an hour away and Steve’s whereabouts that day were pretty well verified. There was just no "two hour + " period he could have done it. There is also the fact that Steve had little to gain from her death: no children, no life Insurance, and no inheritance. He probably gained her "half interest" in the modest (and fully mortgaged" home they had recently purchased and thats about it.

Claudette
04-20-2011, 11:23 PM
Don't know who this Kelly person is but there is a chance his last name is spelled phonetically as an accident, if they don't know who he is. The surname that sounds like Mc Cloud is spelled McLeod.


ETA

I know they talked to him so may have verified this spelling of his name but I still think there's a chance they spelled it that way in error or he is using that spelling as a fake name not realizing that it is spelled McLeod or something. It looks like it might be a real surname though I've never heard it before (my ancestors are Irish, I did a lot of genealogy and study of Irish names over the past 10 years or so but I can always be wrong!)

carbuff
04-21-2011, 02:24 PM
McLeod (McLoud, Macleod, Macloud) is a Scottish surname. At least so says the McLeod I know, who is no relation to this dude, however his name is spelled. But that's a good point -- it's a name that could easily be misspelled in many places whether he intended it as an alias or not.

If the content of fiction writing is evidence of interest in committing a crime, then I'm in serious trouble, as are all writers of crime and mystery fiction!

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
07-24-2011, 06:51 PM
*bump* Missing 14 years today.

bird33
10-27-2011, 01:52 PM
I heard that law enforcement were going to take a fresh look at the case? Any updates?

Richard
11-04-2011, 02:49 PM
Amy Bechtel

A runner disappears in the Wyoming wilderness and police suspect foul play.

Amy Wroe Bechtel
Missing:
Gender: Female
DOB: 8/4/72
Height: 5’5” to 5’6
Weight: 110 to 115 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blonde
Defining Characteristics: Scars on both legs, shin, and knee, checker shaped scar on lower back, and a half inch by 2 inch scar on cheek (noticable only when she is cold)
Remarks: Last seen 7/24/97


Source:

Unsolved Mysteries

DPR4444
01-07-2013, 10:03 PM
on the Disappeared episode tonite, they said that Steve Bechtel had resumed being cooperative with authorities.

Claudette
01-07-2013, 10:53 PM
Any other interesting info? Didn't see it.

Glad to hear the husband is being more cooperative. Frankly, his initial behavior is something I would classify as "smart" if he is innocent though I totally understand everyone's frustration.

I live in a small town in Illinois, there is a murder case in the next town over of a kid my husband knew when the kid went missing (kid as in, 16). The LE is the definition of "bumbling". Totally clueless and ruined evidence that would have made the conviction a slam dunk (they cleaned up blood!! Who does that.). This was because they just didn't know better sadly, bad training. We have heard of a number of LE throughout the US that are just so because they have never being exposed to crime other than pulling over cars - I am sorry if this sounds a bit mean but we do need to be a bit realistic. I don't think it is unreasonable to assume that the LE in Lander, WY is small town LE that is years behind the LE I'm used to from Chicago.

What I'm getting at is that it is not unreasonable to think that the husband was being truthful in that LE was accusing him right off the bat. It could have been really ugly and frankly, really scary. I do think his lawyer advised him to keep his mouth shut. We have a number of visitors here so I'll explain a bit, I used to think this behavior was automatic indication of guilt, however being accused of a crime you did not commit is scary as hell. Lie detector tests are not considered reliable and cannot be entered as evidence (if this is incorrect, lawyers please speak up) because they could be unreliable. It would be a shame if the test gave incorrect information and the public opinion was that he was guilty. If he was not, the real killer would be running around but once the public hones in on their "murderer" it's really hard to get an easy cut and dry case. Think of the many high profile cases you have heard of in the past. Some of them fall into this category.

That he is now cooperating is good news. Hopefully he is innocent.

carbuff
01-07-2013, 11:04 PM
The circumstances of the day make it extremely unlikely her husband had anything to do with it, unless he can, like, fly or something, or had an accomplice. Spouse is a runner and was following the case for a long time because she was a well-known runner; I couldn't believe how they started in on her husband without even looking for anybody else.

Nanda Devi
01-08-2013, 02:03 AM
One interesting fact mentioned on the show: Investigators obtained satellite photos of the Loop road from the space station Mir taken on the day Amy went missing, but the cloud cover rendered them useless.

More importantly, perhaps, the sheriff's office admitted to having tunnel vision with regard to Steven Bechtel, and it seems investigators now consider Eaton (kudos to the poster who made that connection so early on) a more viable suspect. It's unfortunate that there is zero incentive for him to talk, and while I understand that Lander has a small police force, they did have assistance from other agencies. Surely someone could have made the connection earlier, but they chose to focus all their time and resources on the most obvious suspect -- a guy with a good alibi and the good sense to get a lawyer. I would too, under the circumstances. I'm a big fan of LE, but I really think they dropped the ball on this one. :(

neverletgo
01-08-2013, 11:51 AM
One interesting fact mentioned on the show: Investigators obtained satellite photos of the Loop road from the space station Mir taken on the day Amy went missing, but the cloud cover rendered them useless.

RSBM

I was shocked to hear this, too! It's a shame they weren't useful. :(

Nanda Devi
01-13-2013, 05:08 PM
RSBM

I was shocked to hear this, too! It's a shame they weren't useful. :(

I'm sure LE has looked into Google Earth, but it was useful in establishing a timeline for New Mexico's Mesa Murders, so it might be worth checking out. Microsoft's Virtual Earth (I think it's called something else now; I haven't used it in a while since my current computer isn't up to the job of running it) actually has superior images, but I'm not sure if it allows users to "go back in time" and look at previous satellite maps, as GE does.

neverletgo
01-23-2013, 11:10 AM
Disappeared: Missing in the Mountains

http://youtu.be/ojGiF38SvO8

(They've disabled embedding on this video, so it must be watched from above link. :()

bird33
01-24-2013, 10:46 PM
I still, after watching tv and seeing all the evidence believe the husband had something to do with it

PoisonPill
03-04-2013, 10:17 PM
It baffles me how a missing persons case can literally have not one shred of evidence.

PrairieWind
03-06-2013, 12:15 PM
Well it appears that the brother of convicted killer Dale Wayne Eaton has been in contact with authorities and said that his brother did often camp in that exact area where Amy disappeared. Her disappearance was just months before Eaton attempted to abduct a young family. Eaton was convicted in 2004 for the infamous "lil miss" murder and currently sits on Wyoming's death row. Many believe he is possibly connected to the disappearnce and/or murder of many women in the Great Basin region.

neverletgo
03-20-2013, 02:01 PM
:bump: for Amy. :heartbeat:

http://i.imgur.com/qO9gyqt.png

neverletgo
04-17-2013, 02:21 PM
:bump:

Bumping Amy's thread with her episode of Disappeared for anyone that hasn't seen it before:

Disappeared 6x07 Season 6 Episode 7 Missing In The Mountains Full Episode - YouTube

AngelaH
07-27-2013, 06:09 PM
Bumping for Amy.

Irish_Eyes
10-10-2013, 12:35 AM
Her neice, apparently, has a post up on reddit about it here: Whoops! Guess that's a no-no link... I will quote some without the link...guess that is okay?



"TL;DR My Aunt disappeared when I was 9 and we still don't know what happened. I actually have more good memories from that time than bad and I feel that it shaped my life.
When I was 9 my aunt disappeared.
Her name is/was Amy Wroe Becthel

...By this point Amy had become a professional long distance runner. She was featured on the covers of several running magizines(this is before the internet got big) and was even helping plot courses for new races.
That last part is what lead to tragedy.
It was about 4 in the morning when my parents woke me up. My mother had obviously been crying and my father was clearly concerned as well when they sat down on the edge of my bed. I can't recall which of them it was that told me that Amy had not come home last night and that no one was sure where she was.
We packed in a rush, just bare essentials and nothing else and got in the car for the drive across the state. Throughout the ride my mom alternated between crying and trying to comfort us kids who were more confused and worried about our crying mother than anything else.
When we arrived in Lander the story unfolded in front of us; she had been running the day before in the mountains nearby to plot a course for a local race she was helping to set up and she simply never arrived home. By the time night had fallen her husband had called the police and the family was informed. We arrived that following morning to a scene of chaos as friends, family, and the community turned out in assistance.
At this point no one really knew what had happened. It was thought that she still might be up on the trails somewhere because her car was still in the lot, still locked, and her pouch she ran with was still missing. Everyone thought it was possible that she had fallen and been hurt or had perhaps been attacked by a mountain lion.

....One of the wierdest things about it was how there was absolutely no sign of struggle anywhere along any of the paths she should have been on. This was an extremely fit woman who could scale an inverted face of a cliff for fun and who had a rock wall gym thing in her garage that she was on daily.
This lead to a lot of people assuming that the culprit was actually her husband. The lack of struggle plus his unwillingness to cooperate and some VERY creepy journals made him one of the prime suspects for a long time.
Unfortunately, we found absolutely nothing concrete. Now, 16 years later, we still don't know what actually happened to her. There is a guy on death row already for commiting a few other murders that they think may be responsible but he isn't willing to tell if he did it or not.

....In closing I do ask that if ANYONE knows anything they please let me know. After all these years we have come to terms with never finding the truth but we can still hope."