WY WY - Amy Wroe Bechtel, 24, Fremont County, 24 Jul 1997


<<Amy Wroe Bechtel, 24, disappeared while jogging in the Wind River Mountains above Lander on July 24, 1997. Although what happened to her is not known, it is believed she is dead.

And it is also believed she died at the hands of a serial killer, who authorities believe is already in custody for a similar Wyoming abduction and killing.

That suspect is Dale Wayne Eaton, the man on death row for the famous and heinous “Little Miss” killing. Eaton kidnapped, raped and murdered another pretty young woman in 1989.

Fremont County Detective John Zerga recounted that Eaton’s brother told him that the convicted killer was in the Lander area at the time of Amy’s disappearance.
But evidence is lacking and Eaton is not talking.

My wife Nancy and I have positive memories of both Amy and Virginia.

Amy Bechtel was a part-time photographer and a darned good one.>>
 
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And it is also believed she died at the hands of a serial killer, who authorities believe is already in custody for a similar Wyoming abduction and killing.
As a side note, I dont think her husband at the time was ever fully cleared by police either.

As with the serial killer possibility, there was a strange trail of coincidences, inferences, and possibilities leading to him. There was, however, no concrete evidence against the husband.
 
I do think it is quite possible that Dale Wayne Eaton could be responsible. But there just appears to be little to no evidence. And he isn't talking. I had hoped that with his death sentence, as execution date neared he may start talking about other victims of his. But now that that was converted to life in prison, I suspect he will take his secrets to the grave.
 
I do think it is quite possible that Dale Wayne Eaton could be responsible. But there just appears to be little to no evidence. And he isn't talking. I had hoped that with his death sentence, as execution date neared he may start talking about other victims of his. But now that that was converted to life in prison, I suspect he will take his secrets to the grave.
That's my closest guess. Of course, she could have had a stalker no one knew about or an opportunistic person who spotted her on that very lightly traveled road.

I know the spouse, boy friend, etc., is always looked at very hard. But in this case, I don't see it as a strong possibility. The biggest part is I don't see a motive.
 
I know the spouse, boy friend, etc., is always looked at very hard. But in this case, I don't see it as a strong possibility. The biggest part is I don't see a motive.

I think the possibility was there, but also agree with you that a strong motive as lacking.

Evidnetly, the possibilities the police noted included diary entries made years earlier with references to hurting women and area hospitals did not have records of the immediate phone inquires he claimed to have made.

Likewise, a truck similar to his was seen in the area, and his alibi, though strong was not air tight as the rock climbing trip was called early due to a lack of needed equipment. The victim's parents and some friends also informed police that the husband was an "alpha male" type and "hands on".

But.... as you noted, I dont think the police ever developed a firm motive.

No one had ever seen the husband violent. No one had noted any jealosy of his wife's national level athletic recognition where as he was staying at "strong minor league" level. No insurance pay outs either.

Likewise, even with the shortened rock climbing trip, it evidently would still have been a very tight- but still possilbe, schedule to make it back, find and murder his wife before she finished her run.

And... as others have mentioned, alpha male personalities and "self love first and always" attitudes are not uncommon with athletes.
 
Missing for over 26 years...

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Amy Wroe Bechtel, age 24
Missing since 24 July 1997

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