North American Missing Persons Network
Amy Joy Wroe-Bechtel

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Above Images: Wroe-Bechtel, circa 1997

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 24, 1997 from Lander, Fremont County, Wyoming
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: August 4, 1972
  • Age: 24
  • Height: 5'5"-5'6"
  • Weight: 110-115 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Blonde
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Race:White
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Light complexion.
    Small scar on cheek (noticable only when she is cold).
    Wears gas permeable contact lenses
  • Clothing: Yellow tank top, blue or black shorts,
    athletic running shoes.
  • Jewelry: Double band wedding ring worn on
    left ring finger, and "Timex" watch.
  • NCIC Number: M-044462316
  • Case Number: 46860

  • Details of Disappearance
    At 9:30 a.m. on July 24, 1997, Amy Wroe Bechtel left her Lander, Wyoming apartment to run errands. Her husband, 27-year-old Steve Bechtel, went rock climbing with a friend. 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 Steve returned home at 4:30 p.m., Amy was not there. 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, her keys were in the car but her wallet was missing.

    Dale Wayne Eaton, Wyoming’s only death row inmate, may have had a role in the disappearance of Amy Wroe-Bechtel. Eaton, who was convicted of the kidnapping, rape and murder of Lisa Marie Kimmell in the Lil’ Miss case, has always been on the list of suspects. A jury sentenced him to death but he has been appealing the conviction ever since. Eaton’s brother told police that Eaton would often camp in the Burnt Gulch area around the time Wroe-Bechtel went missing. A month and a half after Bechtel’s disappearance, Eaton attempted to kidnap a family that had stopped for car trouble — a crime that earned him two to five years of probation after 99 days in jail. Eaton could also be a good match for the Great Basin Serial Killer responsible for a slew of murders of women in Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and Colorado in the 80s and 90s.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Fremont County Sheriff's Office
    Sgt. Roger Rizor
    (307) 332-1000
    Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation
    (307) 777-7181

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    Wyoming Attorney General
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