Bambi Lynn Dick

Bambi Lynn Dick

Birth
Death 8 Oct 1983 (aged 17)
Burial Amarillo, Potter County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 80162556 · View Source
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Dick, 17, disappeared from Davenport, Iowa on September 29, 1983. On October 8, her body was found along Highway 287, outside Amarillo, Texas. She had been strangled. Dick wasn't reported missing until two days after the body was found, and the missing persons report was canceled after she turned 18. She remained unidentified for over twenty-five years, until March 2009. Her murder remains unsolved.

AMARILLO, TEXAS -- On October 8, 1983 the unidentified remains of a white female was found 18 miles north of Amarillo along US Hwy 287 near a drainage pipe.

The female was partially dressed and appeared to have dumped at this location.An autopsy performed on that same day found that the white female had been strangled with a ligature.

The female had no identification on her person when she was found and an extensive search of missing person records was conducted, which did not help in identifying her.

Several identifying characteristics were noted on the body and this along with a sketch and touched up photograph were circulated around the US.

This female was buried in Memory Gardens under the name Jane Doe in the later part of 1983.

Over the next 26 years several tips have been received by the Special Crimes Unit with information on who this female was; however none of them has led to her true identity.

On February 13, 2009 Teresa Sprague of Victorville, California, contacted the Special Crimes Unit. Sprague had found a recent addition in February 2009 to the North American Missing Persons Network concerning a female identified as Bambi Lynn Dick, W/F 17.

Dick was missing from Davenport, Iowa in 1983.

Bambi Dick had several of the characteristics of the unidentified female and her appearance matched the homicide victim found in rural Potter County.
Contact was made with Bambi Dick's family members in Davenport, Iowa and DNA samples were obtained.

This DNA and the DNA from our 1983 Jane Doe was submitted to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification in February 2009 for comparison.

On March 26, 2009 the Special Crimes Unit was notified that the DNA from Homicide victim Jane Doe 1983 was a mitochondrial match to the DNA taken from the family members of Bambi Dick.

At this time homicide victim Jane Doe 1983 has been positively identified as Bambi Lynn Dick who was 17 yrs old at the time of her death.

The family members of Bambi Lynn Dick have been notified of this match and what occurred to their family member.

Now that the identity of the homicide victim is known, the homicide investigation will be re-opened in the hopes of identifying the suspect who killed Bambi Lynn Dick.


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  • Created by: H.C.~Maine
  • Added: 9 Nov 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 80162556
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Bambi Lynn Dick (4 Jan 1966–8 Oct 1983), Find A Grave Memorial no. 80162556, citing Memory Gardens Cemetery, Amarillo, Potter County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by H.C.~Maine (contributor 47312104) .