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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.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Fremont County Sheriff's Office
Sgt. Roger Rizor
Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation
Wyoming Attorney General
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