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    WI - Terry Dolowy, 24, Barre Mills, 14 Feb 1985

    I came across this unsolved case when browsing tonight. I had not heard of this one and I am in Wisconsin. It is very interesting. Terry Dolowy, 24 went missing, 4 days later her headless body was found burning in a ditch. The articles at the link start out in 1985 up to 2001 I believe. They were in 2001 discussing DNA evidence. Her little white poodle named Suzie disapeared with her. I am gonna go search to see if I can come up with more current info. Here is the link for the articles.

    http://www.lacrosselibrary.org/digit...ect/dolowy.htm

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    Here is an article from March 2005. The are still working on the DNA. This article states it was DNA from semen.

    http://news.minnesota.publicradio.or...llye_dnatests/

    This article says the semem could be from a consentining encounter rather than a sexual assualt as orginally thought. They are getting lots of new tips since bring this case front and center again.

    http://www.couleenews.com/articles/2...s/03dolowy.txt

    Article with tip of a blue colored car

    http://www.wkbt.com/Global/story.asp...2&nav=KoJDWZbI

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    info

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    http://news.minnesota.publicradio.or...llye_dnatests/
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    This case is not as cold as I thought. Wonder where I have been? Lol!

    My first questions in this case are:

    1. Now that they think that the semen DNA might be from consenting sex and not neccessarily an asault, do they know what time she left her job at the bar? It was stated she had a slight argument with her boyfriend cause she was late getting home and he was 2 hours late for his job. Did she go off with someone after work and thats why she was late? Did she meet up with him again later?

    2. Her dog is gone too. Did she take the dog with her, and if she did, that makes me think she knew the person. A stranger would not bother with the dog. Or, the door was left open, prob. the dog went out by itself in search of her, and it being Feb. and cold, and it sounding like a rural area, the dog being small mabe died of exposure.

    There is a anniversary of this murder coming up on Valentines Day. Maybe there will be new stories coming out.

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    They're exhuming her body.

    "Forensic pathologists and anthropologists at the Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner's office in Hastings, Minn., will examine Dolowy's remains.

    Authorities say new tips in the case poured in after the La Crosse Tribune ran an article in 2005 about the 20th anniversary of Dolowy's death.

    "This case has never fallen off the radar screen," Hanson said.

    http://www.jsonline.com/watch/?watch.../2007&id=33080

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    Unhappy Terry Dolowy Case

    I stumbled across this website when I just found out this terrible news. I went to school with Terry. Although we were not real close, I still went to parties, etc, and we had mutual friends. I was shocked to find out what had happened. I just wanted to keep up with the story and see if they ever find the animal(s) who murdered my classmate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zipp06 View Post
    I stumbled across this website when I just found out this terrible news. I went to school with Terry. Although we were not real close, I still went to parties, etc, and we had mutual friends. I was shocked to find out what had happened. I just wanted to keep up with the story and see if they ever find the animal(s) who murdered my classmate.
    Zipp, welcome to websleuths, although I am sorry it is under such sad circumstances.

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    Thanks!

    P.S. FYI, I was looking at some of the film footage and I believe they were mis-pronouncing Terry's last name. I am relying on my memory of 30 years ago, but I a pretty sure

    It is not: doll-oh-way

    It is: duh-low-we

    Sorry for my pronunciation key, but that's the only way I know how to express it. I just felt bad that after all that had happened to her, they said her name wrong.

    Terry was a very beautiful girl and she was friends with everyone. She wasn't the type that would shun you if you were not exactly cool or good-looking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zipp06 View Post
    P.S. FYI, I was looking at some of the film footage and I believe they were mis-pronouncing Terry's last name. I am relying on my memory of 30 years ago, but I a pretty sure

    It is not: doll-oh-way

    It is: duh-low-we

    Sorry for my pronunciation key, but that's the only way I know how to express it. I just felt bad that after all that had happened to her, they said her name wrong.

    Terry was a very beautiful girl and she was friends with everyone. She wasn't the type that would shun you if you were not exactly cool or good-looking.
    Gosh, anything you can recall about Terry will be welcome here. And you're right, after the way she was treated, she deserves to have the respect of having her name pronounced correctly!


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    Just happened across this case and then noticed there aren't any recent updates (I don't see another thread on WS for Terry; please correct me if there is one and I just missed it) -- so I went looking.

    I found this, from 2011 -- but so far I don't know how any of the leads mentioned turned out. Maybe others can help update Terry's case on WS, too.

    Police narrow focus in Dolowy investigation

    ... La Crosse County sheriff's Capt. Kurt Papenfuss said Tuesday the investigation continues to focus on Russell Lee, Dolowy's fiance.


    Still, investigators are also honing in on a 46-year-old sex offender and Wisconsin university student who lives outside the area. ...
    read more at: http://lacrossetribune.com/news/loca...cc4c03286.html

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    If Russell did it, where did he keep Terry's body for the 3 or 4 days they believe the killer kept her alive, or at the very least hid her body? Frustrating case.
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    Is there a detailed history of her academic life? Twenty-four seems rather old for a college senior. Was she in the military or some other full time job that took her out of school for a couple of years?
    This my opinion and to the best of my knowledge, that is, if I'm not joking.


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    This one doesn't make ANY sense

    I hadn't heard of this unsolved murder before seeing it on this website. Normally, I just follow the murders in Central Wisconsin. Thanks to everyone who makes this site happen. It is a great way to share thoughts and information so that these victims are not forgotten.

    I have read most of the links mentioned on this thread and watched a Youtube video here:
    Who Killed Terry Dolowy part 2 - YouTube
    Although this video was uploaded in 2010, it mentions a timeframe of four years after the murder, which would make it about 1989.

    What really amazes me about this case is the focus on the fiancé. The two detectives kept saying they were keeping an open mind, but also kept suggesting that the fiancé was a key suspect. According to one report, he was the focus because of some of the unmentioned facts at the crime scene, the fact that he was the last one to admit seeing her, there was no forced entry and his behavior after the murder. It also mentions that he had gambling debts, but no mention of how much.

    It just seems to me that most of the facts they present in these reports don't fit him as the killer; in fact, just the opposite.
    1.) She had the DNA of another person on(in) her body, although it was determined to have been consensual sex. Usually this is suggested by a lack of bruising, but could also mean that she submitted in the face of overwhelming force, like a gun held to her head. Wouldn't it be more likely that the presence of foreign DNA would indicate the presence of someone other than her fiancé when she was killed?
    2)She was planning to get married to her fiancé later that year. What did her girlfriends say about her plans to marry? What did they say about her fiancé? It didn't mention any previous violence between them. If he didn't want to be with her why would he resort to killing her and not just leave? They had no children and no marital estate, although there might have been comingling of funds.
    3) She was killed just hours before the discovery of the body. That meant that it was likely someone kept her captive for four days before killing her. Her fiancé reported her disappearance the same day she went missing. Doesn't it seem strange that her fiance' would have been able to continue on with his life, under scrutiny of the police after reporting her missing, and still keep her alive and hidden for THREE DAYS? In this small community? Really?
    4) I am soooo tired of this no-forced-entry-so-it-must-have-been-someone-she-knew. She had a dog. She had just come home from work. The dog had to go pee before she went to bed. Outside. If she didn't watch the dog while she let it out, it would have been easy for someone to lure the dog and subdue or kill it. That would have forced her to leave her house to look for the dog. Outside. A sitting duck. That scenario seems very possible.
    5) Neighbors reported a strange car in the area on the night of the murder. Her fiancé had reported someone prowling around the house days before the murder. What did the car look like? Her body was still in flames when it was discovered, which meant that police had a very good idea of when it was set on fire. Why wouldn't a description of the car have been released to the public as soon as the body was discovered so that anyone who saw that car driving around the area near that lonely road would have reported it?
    6) What about evidence at the crime scene? Footprints? Tireprints? The gas can left an impression on the side of the road, so it must have been soft enough to record footprints too.
    7) She worked at a bar and came home late at night. Stalkers often target women who do this because they are out and about in the middle of the night when they are most vulnerable. Did anyone get a description of someone out-of-place at the bar in the nights prior to the murder? Regulars notice these sort of things. Did they take her disappearance seriously BEFORE her body was found or did they wait while crucial evidence faded away.
    8) The detectives said there was NO other case like this in the WHOLE US. I'm skeptical. The only reason they knew she had been held captive for four days is because the killer set her on fire and a person happened to drive by on a lonely road and see the flames. Who knows what would have happened if he had come by only minutes later. The body may never have been discovered. Maybe rather than trying to find cases where a woman is held for four days and then killed and disfigured they should have focused on women who went missing from their home when they are alone. Bet they could find some of those. Maybe even within a few hours radius. The killer had to keep her somewhere. If they documented cases of women abducted from their home at night, a pattern might develop.

    This is a tragedy in so many ways. What if the police had taken the fiancé's report of a prowler several days before the murder more seriously? Could they have thwarted this murder? What if they had organized a manhunt for her immediately after she was reported missing? She might have been found alive! What if they had released a description of the suspicious car or focused on stalkers with this MO rather than on the fiancé? Could the police have prevented future murders? At what cost did they release their suspicions that the fiancé was involved? Imagine what being suspected as a murderer for 30 years can do to harm an innocent life?

    Remember, for all of this tragedy, perhaps the greatest one is that the killer probably has killed again, and would not have been able to do so if caught for this murder. Unsolved murders bring so much destruction.

    Will someone ever come forward with information that can end this?
    Last edited by OkieGranny; 04-12-2015 at 04:30 AM. Reason: fixed broken link

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    If it's the case, I'd like to know, since it wasn't from her fiancée, how they determined that the DNA was from a consensual act. The presence of vaginal fluid does not necessarily mean that an act is consensual.
    Last edited by STANDREID; 02-28-2014 at 10:40 PM.
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