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CO JULIE CUNNINGHAM: Missing from Vail, CO - 15 March 1975 - Age 26, Ted Bundy victim

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  1. Akoya

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    Ms. Cunningham was last seen in Vail, Colorado on March 15, 1975. She disappeared early in the evening after she left her apartment in the Apollo Park neighborhood to visit a local tavern. She has never been heard from again. Although never charged in her case, serial killer Ted Bundy confessed to Cunningham's murder. Bundy stated that he lured her into his vehicle by posing as an injured skier on crutches and asking her to help carry his ski boots. He claims he knocked her unconscious, drove her to a remote area about eighty miles west of Vail and raped her. He states that he strangled her and then disposed of her body in a shallow grave near Rifle, CO in a high desert area with a circular drive and some large trees. Her body was never found, however. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Vail Police Department.

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    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/12084/0/

    NamUs MP # 12084
    Julie Cunningham
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    Eagle County, Colorado
    26 year old white female

    Case Report - NamUs MP # 12084

    Case Information
    Status Missing
    First name Julie
    Middle name L
    Last name Cunningham
    Nickname/Alias
    Date last seen March 15, 1975 00:00
    Date entered 08/22/2011
    Age last seen 26 to 26 years old
    Age now 69 years old
    Race White
    Ethnicity
    Sex Female
    Height (inches) 65.0
    Weight (pounds) 110.0

    Circumstances
    City Vail
    State Colorado
    Zip code
    County Eagle
    Circumstances
    Julie Cunningham was last seen on March 15, 1975 in Vail, Colorado. The sporting goods employee and part-time ski instructor spoke briefly to her mother by phone that day, then left her Apollo Park apartment early in the evening to join her roommate at a local tavern. She was never seen again and was reported missing on March 21.

    Serial killer Ted Bundy confessed to her abduction and murder three days before his execution in Florida in 1989. He said he drove her 80 miles west of Vail to an isolated spot several miles north of the town of Rifle in Garfield County. She was then murdered and buried in a shallow grave.
    Despite a detailed description of the burial site provided by Bundy and an intensive search of the area, her remains were never recovered.

    Physical
    Hair color Brown

    Left eye color Brown
    Right eye color Brown
    Eye description

    No known distinctive body features

    Clothing
    Brown suede jacket, blue jeans, ski cap
    Footwear
    Boots

    Dental
    Status: Dental information / charting is currently not available

    DNA
    Status: Initial inquiry underway

    Fingerprint Information
    Status: Fingerprint information is currently not available

    Investigating Agency
    Title Det Sgt
    First name Annette
    Last name Dopplick
    Phone 970-479-2200
    Website http://www.vailgov.com/subpage.asp?dept_id=39
    Case number 75-0806
    Date reported
    Jurisdiction Local
    Agency Vail Police Department
    Address 1 75 S. Frontage Road
    Address 2
    City Vail
    State Colorado
    Zip code 81657
     
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    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/700dfco.html

    The Doe Network:
    Case File 700DFCO


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    Julie L. Cunningham
    Missing since March 15, 1975 from Vail, Eagle County, Colorado
    Classification: Endangered Missing

    Vital Statistics
      • Date of Birth: January 10, 1948
      • Age at Time of Disappearance: 26 years old
      • Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown hair and brown eyes.
      • Height and Weight: 5'5";110 lbs
      • Clothing: Brown suede jacket, blue jeans, ski cap and boots.

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Ms. Cunningham was last seen in Vail, Colorado on march 15, 1975. She disappeared early in the evening after she left her apartment in the Apollo Park neighborhood to visit a local tavern. She has never been heard from again. Although never charged in her case, serial killer Ted Bundy confessed to Cunningham's murder. Bundy stated that he lured her into his vehicle by posing as an injured skier on crutches and asking her to help carry his ski boots. He claims he knocked her unconscious, drove her to a remote area about eighty miles west of Vail and raped her. He states that he strangled her and then disposed of her body in a shallow grave near Rifle, CO in a high desert area with a circular drive and some large trees. Her body was never found, however. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Vail Police Department.

    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

    Vail Police Department
    970-479-2200
    Email


    Agency Case Number: 75-0806/NamUs MP #12084

    M550074433

    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:
    No Stone Unturned by Steve Jackson
    Rocky Mountain News - January 23, 1989
    CBI
    NamUs

    Return to the Unexplained Disappearances' Index

    Questions or comments? Please contact appropriate member of the Area Team

    Last Updated: 5/15/2012 - By: BR / Web Assist
     
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    Akoya Bronze Member

    On January 22, 1989, Matt Lindvall, investigator for the Vail Police Department, was able to talk with Ted Bundy about the disappearance of Julie Cunningham .

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    The Denver Post
    Theodore Bundy

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    National Museum of Crime & Punishment, Washington DC Picture: Ted Bundy's VW
    1968 Volkswagon

    thecrimemag.com
    A fascinating look inside Ted Bundy's 1968 VW Beetle that was integral to both his murders and conviction, containing important DNA evidence.

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    Vail Daily

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    Ted Bundy
    On January 22, 1989, Matt Lindvall, investigator for the Vail Police Department, was able to talk with Ted Bundy about the disappearance of Julie Cunningham .

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    He said he drove her 80 miles west of Vail to an isolated spot several miles north of the town of Rifle in Garfield County. She was then murdered and buried in a shallow grave.

    The City of Rifle is a Home Rule Municipality in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. The population was 9,172 at the 2010 census, up from 6,784 at the 2000 census. Rifle is a regional center of the cattle ranching industry located along Interstate 70 and the Colorado River just east of the Roan Plateau,

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    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://www.facebook.com/ttttbundy/posts/1398106030204742

    Theodore Robert Bundy Files added 2 new photos.

    August 10, 2016 ·
    Julie Cunningham, at 26, was very attractive, lived in an apartment in Vail, worked as a clerk in a sporting goods store and had a part time position as a ski instructor. She was not happy, however, and was looking for someone special. Someone trustworthy, someone to love and share a real future with.

    She had endured many disappointments, and over time, became depressed and disallusioned.
    Before her disappearance in March, 1975, she was to suffer her last heartbreak. Julie was excited to be invited to join, who she thought was to be the ideal man, on vacation. He cruelly dumped her once they reached the resort in Sun Valley where they were to stay. She returned to Vail, crying and depressed.

    On Saturday night, March 15, Julie phoned her mother, after which she felt a bit better. She then dressed and headed for a tavern a few blocks away, to enjoy a beer with her roommate.

    She would never arrive.

    Instead, she was intercepted by Ted Bundy. He would later confess that he lured Julie into his vehicle by posing as an injured skier on crutches and asking her to help carry his ski boots. Feigning injury was a common technique for him. He knocked her unconscious, drove her to a remote area about eighty miles west of Vail and raped her.
    Ted stated that Julie regained consciousness at some point and tried to escape, but he caught her. He strangled her before disposing of her body in a shallow grave near Rife, Colorado.

    Ted said the gravesite was in a high desert area with a circular drive and some large trees. In April 1989, a team of experts who specialized in finding bodies brought a bloodhound to a likely spot, but their search didn't turn up anything of interest.
     
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    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://www.nytimes.com/1989/01/22/us/killer-facing-death-is-confessing-many-slayings.html

    Killer, Facing Death, Is Confessing Many Slayings
    AP
    Published: January 22, 1989

    ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 21—
    Theodore Bundy, linked by the authorities to about three dozen killings, confessed to at least nine additional murders today, while his lawyers maneuvered to block his execution scheduled for Tuesday, officials from two Western states said.

    The convicted killer, scheduled to die in the electric chair for the kidnapping and murder of 12-year-old Kimberly Leach in 1978, confessed to killing at least eight young women in western Washington state in 1974, Robert Keppel, an investigator in the Washington Attorney General's office said. Mr, Bundy also confessed to the killing a 26-year-old Vail, Colo., ski shop employee in 1975, said Chief Ken Hughey of the Vail Police.

    The killer also has been sentenced to die for the murders of two Florida State University sorority sisters. Series of Interviews Scheduled

    The 42-year-old law school dropout has been linked by investigators to as many as 36 killings and disappearances of young women in Washington, Colorado, Utah and other Western states.

    He was visited today by officials from several Western states, and more interviews were scheduled for Sunday, said Paul Decker, assistant warden at Florida State Prison in Starke.

    Mr. Bundy who grew up in Tacoma, Wash., was scared, shaken and tearful as he responded to questions from investigators, Mr. Keppel told KIRO-TV of Seattle Saturday night in a telephone interview from Florida. ''The man is trying to save his life,'' Mr. Keppel said.

    The defendant last week offered to trade information about other slayings for a delay in his execution, but Gov. Bob Martinez, who signed a fourth death warrant for the defendant on Tuesday, refused, saying he would not ''negotiate with a killer.''

    Defense lawyers lost another bid for a stay of execution today. The request was rejected by Judge G. Kendall Sharp of Federal District Court, who in 1987 called the defendant ''a diabolical genius'' and ''probably the most competent serial killer in the country at this time.'' Persuasive Details

    Defense lawyers immediately took the case to the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, in Atlanta, but a three-judge panel for that court turned down the appeal at once. As a last resort, the defense can appeal to the United States Supreme Court, but the court refused to hear a separate Bundy appeal Tuesday.

    Mr. Hughey said Mr. Bundy acknowledged killing Julie Cunningham, who disappeared in Vail March 15, 1975. ''Detectives believe the confession is indeed valid,'' he said, noting Mr. Bundy's details about the victim, her clothes and the Vail area have been persuasive.

    The police chief gave this recounting of Mr. Bundy's version of the killing:

    Mr. Bundy wore crutches when he approached the victim, asking for help. She agreed to carry his ski boots to his car, where Mr. Bundy knocked her unconscious with a metal bar. The woman regained consciousness about 20 miles west of Glenwood Springs, Colo., but he knocked her unconscious again, strangled her, left her body where she fell and drove to Utah. He returned four or five weeks later and buried her. In Washington state, Mr. Bundy confessed to eight murders, said Mr. Keppel, who had been a police detective working on those cases in the 1970s. Witnesses had reported seeing a charming young stranger who called himself ''Ted'' in the area where several victims disappeared.


    Mr. Keppel said that Mr. Bundy admitted to three additional Washington state killings but that he was ''at a loss'' to say whether Mr. Bundy was telling the truth about those cases, or just trying to buy time. Mr. Keppel said Mr. Bundy provided no details of the three additional killings.
     
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    http://www.realvail.com/vail-police-keeping-bundy-victim-mind-skeleton-unearthed/a932

    Vail police keeping Bundy victim ‘in mind’ after skeleton unearthed
    Julie Cunningham remains only adult missing-person case on file in Vail
    By David O. Williams
    July 2, 2014, 9:27 am

    Following the discovery of skeletal remains last week, a Vail police detective this week said there’s only one active, adult missing-person case in the ski town of more than 5,000 residents: Julie Cunningham, a victim of serial killer Ted Bundy in March of 1975.

    But Detective Sgt. Annette Dopplick said it’s too early to know if the human skeleton unearthed during a hotel demolition project last week is the 26-year-old ski instructor and ski-shop worker whom Bundy said he kidnapped, strangled, dumped near Rifle and later returned to bury.

    “The Vail Police Department has only one active missing adult case: Julie L. Cunningham,” Dopplick wrote in an email Tuesday. “It is still early in the investigation and the Vail Police Department investigations team is considering all possibilities.”

    Pressed on whether the Cunningham case file, including any dental records, is a focus of the investigation, Dopplick said, “The case manager for the skeletal remains is familiar with the Cunningham case and … will be keeping it in mind.” But Dopplick would not comment on whether the file, which she said is actually a large box, contains Cunningham’s dental records.

    “It is an active investigation, which means we don’t usually comment on what it may or may not contain,” Dopplick said.

    Retired Vail Police Detective Matt Lindvall, who interrogated Bundy about the Cunningham case on death row in Florida in 1989, said last week that her dental records were still in the files in Vail when he left the department in 2005.

    “Do I think it’s Julie Cunningham? That wasn’t the location that was given to us in confessions in 1989, but her remains have not been discovered,” said Lindvall, who knew Cunningham and lived in the same condo complex prior to joining the police force in 1979.

    “I’d be surprised if those remains are from Julie Cunningham, but I would hope that if it is, it gives some rest to her family,” said Lindvall, who added Bundy told him he dumped her body near Rifle about 90 miles west of Vail along Interstate 70 then returned the next month and buried her. Multiple searches failed to turn up any sign of Cunningham’s remains.

    Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis said about 70 percent of the skeleton first found last week has been recovered using cadaver dogs over the weekend, including a partial skull and a nearly full set of teeth. She said bones were recovered at both the Vail construction site – where a new hotel is being built – and a debris disposal site in Edwards.

    Bettis hopes to know the gender of the skeleton and the person’s age when they died within a couple of days. A positive identification might take much longer, she said, declining to discuss any specific timeframe revealed by preliminary testing.

    “That just takes time,” Bettis said. “We’re dealing with bones; we’re not dealing with a full body. It just takes a long time to get everybody together and look at everything and run the tests that need to be done.”

    Bettis said all of the bones have been transported to Grand Junction and are being examined by forensic specialists.

    The two hotels torn down on the site were both built in 1973, two years prior to Cunningham’s disappearance, but the skeleton was traced back to a utility easement along a frontage road that dates to 1967 and was not beneath either building footprint.

    The town was first incorporated in 1966, and the ski area first opened in December of 1962. Prior to that, the Gore Creek Valley was a summer hunting ground for Ute Indians and later home to sheep herders and lettuce growers before becoming a posh international ski resort.

    Bundy — executed in the electric chair in Florida in 1989 after murdering at least 36 women — was a law student at the University of Utah in 1975 when he killed several Colorado women, including Denise Oliverson in Grand Junction and Caryn Campbell in Snowmass near Aspen.
     
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    https://www.denverpost.com/2011/05/25/snowmass-vail-cant-shake-ted-bundy-legacy/

    Snowmass, Vail can’t shake Ted Bundy legacy

    By THE VAIL DAILY
    PUBLISHED: May 25, 2011 at 5:50 am

    On Jan. 12, 1975, a 23-year-old registered nurse named Caryn Campbell decided to retrieve a magazine from her room in the Wildwood Inn at Snowmass.

    She vanished somewhere along a well-lit hallway between the elevator and her room. Her nude body was found a month later next to a dirt road just outside Snowmass. Ted Bundy had beaten her to death.

    Julie Cunningham just wanted to help the man struggling with his crutches in Vail later that year.

    Bundy was driving a Volkswagen Beetle and stopped in Vail. He was pretending to have an injured knee and was using crutches, but poorly.

    She walked over to Bundy’s car to offer to help, and he asked her to carry his ski boots. She had no idea who he was, how evil he was, or that she was about to die. No one did. It was still early in Bundy’s five-year string of murders.

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    Read the rest of this report at VailDaily.com.
     
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    https://whereaboutsstillunknown.wor...vanished-from-vail-colorado-on-march-15-1975/

    Julie Cunningham
    Posted by whereaboutsstillunknownMarch 10, 2013
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    Julie Cunningham, age 26, vanished from Vail, Colorado on March 15, 1975.

    If you Google her name, you’ll undoubtedly find thousands of hits which reference her case; hits you likely wouldn’t find, had notorious serial killer Ted Bundy not confessed to her murder.

    After sifting through it all, in an effort to dissect information specific to Julie and her case, there isn’t much. It’s mostly paraphrased versions of Bundy’s pre-execution confession, coupled with a physical description, and basic facts such as the date and town of her disappearance.

    Bundy’s confession, which is the most widely published account of the fateful evening of March 15, 1975, asserts that Bundy, in his typical guise as an injured pedestrian, approached Julie as she walked alone down a road. He claimed that he used crutches, and asked Julie to assist him with carrying his ski boots to his car, which was parked nearby. According to Bundy, when Julie agreed to help, he made small talk with her as they walked to his Volkswagen Bug. As Julie bent down to place the boots in the car, he knocked her unconscious with a crowbar.

    Bundy was quoted in The Bundy Murders by Kevin Sullivan as saying:

    I walked back toward the center of town, up the road, and I walked slowly, looking at the passerbys.” After a moment, he spotted Julie Cunningham “coming down the road, toward me, she was alone and walking on the outside of the parked cars… I used my crutch and fumbled with the boots and started to cross the street and I asked her help. I told her that I needed a little help to get to my car, it was parked only a short distance down the road in the direction she was walking.”

    There was more to his confession, which I will get to.

    Bundy’s confession sounds believable. I mean, it’s classic Bundy, from what we know.

    However, this article, posted on the City of Vail website, brings Bundy’s account into question:

    “On March 15, 1975, Julie Cunningham, a 26-year-old seasonal Vail employee, was reported missing by a friend who stated she failed to show up at the ski school where she was employed. Cunningham was seen by several people at a local bar the previous evening with a male she referred to as “Ted”, who said he was an attorney in Aspen.”

    City of Vail Article

    This article insinuates that Julie had met Ted Bundy prior to her disappearance – I wonder if any of the ‘several people’ were later able to confirm that Bundy was the man Julie was seen talking to.

    Disturbingly, this account seems to have a ring of truth to it as well, especially when paired with the following passage from Ann Rule’s The Stranger Beside Me.

    At twenty-six, Julie Cunningham should have had the world by the tail. She was very attractive and she had silky dark hair, parted in the middle. She shared a pleasant apartment in Vail with a girlfriend, and worked as a clerk in a sporting goods store and as a part-time ski instructor. But Julie wasn’t happy. She was searching for the one man she could really love and trust, someone to settle down with. She’d done the ski bum bit, but she was growing out of that. She wanted marriage and children.

    Julie was not the best judge of men. She believed their lines, and she was becoming disillusioned. She’d heard “It’s been great. I’ll give you a call someday” much too often. Maybe Vail was the wrong place for her to be. Maybe the aura of a ski town didn’t lend itself to permanent relationships.

    In early March of 1975, Julie was to suffer her last heartbreak. She thought she had met the man she wanted, and she was thrilled when he invited her to go to Sun Valley with him for a vacation. But she’d been “dumped on” again when they reached the resort made famous by Sonja Henie movies in the thirties. The man had never had any intention of a committed relationship, and she returned to Vail, crying and depressed.

    Ann Rule would later add, in the same book:

    On the Saturday night of March 15, Julie didn’t have a date. She called her mother that evening, feeling a little better when she hung up just before nine. She decided to get out of her apartment, and, wearing blue jeans, a brown suede jacket, boots, and a ski cap, headed for a tavern a few blocks away. Her roommate was there. She could have a beer or two. There was always tomorrow.

    If Julie had indeed encountered a charming handsome man who claimed he was an attorney, given her state of mind at the time, I find it logical that she would have agreed to meet him again.

    Perhaps he knew she was going to be walking down that road, and waited for her – however, the crutch and ski boot ruse would have been completely unnecessary.

    I realize that the question of whether or not they had met previously makes no difference in the ultimate goal of locating her, but it does cause one to re-evaluate the validity of his confession.

    Ted Bundy, and media accounts, have been consistent in the statement that that Bundy buried Julie’s remains near a ‘circular drive’, north of Rifle, Colorado.

    From No Stone Unturned by Steve Jackson:

    He handcuffed her and drove her 80 miles west of Vail, to a desolate spot several miles north of the town of Rifle in Garfield County. There he raped and strangled her, then buried her body.

    Bundy told the investigators that he had returned and re-buried her “a number of times.” He described an area at the base of one of the tall buttes that rose from the valley floor. There was a circular drive and large trees. He said he couldn’t be more specific than that.

    From The Bundy Murders by Kevin Sullivan:

    Quickly getting onto I-70, Bundy drove for a time before exiting onto a state road, which he followed until he came to what he thought was a small lake, then he got off onto an unpaved road. This particular setting was partially secluded by rows of Juniper trees, and these, he believed, would serve nicely for what he was planning to do.

    Detectives with cadaver dogs unsuccessfully searched one area that seemed to fit the description given by Bundy – but there are tools available now, that weren’t then. One of those tools is Google Earth.

    Bundy’s description of the terrain seems to be legitimate. From I-70, there is a state highway that leads north to Rifle, and eventually runs right into the Rifle Gap Reservoir, which could be perceived as a small lake. I found three spots in the vicinity that appear to be circular drives. I am not sure which one was searched.
     
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    Akoya Bronze Member

    Continued:

    Once we get past the circular drive, and the general vicinity of the location, there are more contradictions.

    From The Bundy Murders by Kevin Sullivan:

    Ted Bundy would kill Julie Cunningham shortly after arriving at this location. Her death, however, would come only after Bundy had sufficiently toyed with her. Having attacked her in the car, Bundy choked her until she passed out. He then had sex with her and deliberately left the passenger door open and waited for her to wake up. When she came to, she perceived the open door as a possible avenue of freedom (just as Bundy hoped she would) and immediately jumped out of the car and started running for the road. But there was no one around this isolated area for miles, and after letting her run and scream for a short distance, the very athletic law student chased her down and strangled her to death. Pulling the body under a juniper tree, he left the completely nude remains, gathered up her clothing and personal items and left the area. Having placed everything in a large trash bag, he tossed it into a dumpster somewhere down the road.

    Bundy admitted driving back to this spot all the way from Salt Lake City on two separate occasions. On his second trip, he buried the body (or what was left of it), he said.

    From No Stone Unturned by Steve Jackson:

    From Detective Lindvall they knew that Bundy said he had pulled off the highway and driven a short distance to a circular turnaround near some large trees. The only trees in this area were pinion pines.

    The site where they were fit those parameters, but supposedly Bundy had said that after he hauled his victim’s body out of the car, he hadn’t carried her very far. Lindemann surveyed the area for a hundred yards from the circular drive, and didn’t see any place with enough soil to bury a body more than a foot deep.

    So, did he chase her down and strangle her as she was running for the road, or did he haul her lifeless body out of the car and carry her a short distance to her final resting place? Or is his whole confession doubtable?

    A female skull was located in Colorado sometime during the 1970’s, and it has not yet been identified. There seems to be some confusion surrounding the circumstances of the discovery. NamUs lists the skull with a ‘Date Located’ as 2003, however the ‘Circumstances’ tab states that the skull was found in the 1970’s. The probable year of death is listed as between 1950-2003, which clearly doesn’t jive. The location where the skull was located is listed as Durango, Adams County, Colorado – although Durango is in La Plata County. Adams County is 1-2 hours from Vail, while Durango is 5-6 hours in a completely different direction. I think it needs a second look, to determine if this female skull could be connected to Bundy’s Colorado victims.

    I tried contacting the now retired Detective Lindvall via email in an attempt to find out the official position on these discrepancies, but so far have received no response.

    I think it’s time to try again. We have Google Earth, ground penetrating radar, and the ability to test the smallest of bone fragments to confirm identity. It’s been 38 years. Julie was not just a Bundy victim. She was a person with family and friends. She needs to be brought home.
     
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    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://www.vaildaily.com/news/rediscovered-photos-rekindle-memories-of-ted-bundys-vail-victim/


    Rediscovered photos rekindle memories of Ted Bundy’s Vail victim
    Randy Wyrick
    April 18, 2017

    VAIL – Julie Cunningham just wanted to help the man struggling with his crutches in Vail back in 1975.

    She looked like many of Ted Bundy's 36 known murder victims — young, slender, pretty and white, with long brown hair.

    When the Glenwood Post Independent cracked open a safe last week that contained photos of the infamous serial killer, interest in his trail of terror was rekindled. Part of that trail passed through Vail.

    “I don’t know why. I just sometimes do that.”Serial killer Ted Bundy to Vail police detective Matt Lindvall, discussing Vail woman Julie Cunningham’s murder, and why he drove back to the desert a month later to bury her remains.

    Bundy was driving a Volkswagen Beetle and stopped in Vail. He pretended to have an injured knee and was using crutches, but poorly.

    It was spring and Cunningham, 26, worked in a Vail ski shop. She was walking to a local restaurant on March 15, 1975, to meet a friend when she saw Bundy.

    She walked over to Bundy's car to offer to help, and he asked her to carry his ski boots. She had no idea who he was, how evil he was or that she was about to die. No one did. It was still early in Bundy's five-year string of murders.

    Bundy was charming, as the evil often are. According to Bundy's jailhouse confession, they exchanged pleasantries, Cunningham, moved closer to help Bundy, who appeared to be struggling with his crutches.

    When she was within reach, Bundy snatched her to him, knocked her unconscious, handcuffed her and stuffed her in the trunk in the front of his Volkswagen.

    He got back on Interstate 70 and drove west to the desert, where he yanked her out of the trunk and strangled her to death.

    He dumped her body in the desert. She was never found.

    A month after he killed her, he said he went back and buried her remains.

    "I don't know why. I just sometimes do that," Bundy told Vail police detective Matt Lindvall when he confessed.

    1990 CONFESSION

    During a three-hour hour session with Lindvall on Jan. 24, 1989, Bundy confessed to how he killed Cunningham and more. Bundy was executed that night in a Florida electric chair.

    Bundy described Cunningham's death in excruciating detail to Lindvall, who had traveled to Florida to question Bundy about three murders.

    Lindvall later said Bundy's 11th-hour confessions were an attempt to prolong his life.

    Bundy said he wanted a "deal" before he'd confess to Cunningham's murder. He wanted Lindvall to approach the governor on his behalf, asking him to postpone the execution.

    Lindvall wanted to talk to Bundy about three different cases, but Bundy insisted on starting with Cunningham because her body had not been found.

    Bundy was originally brought to trial in Garfield County for murdering a Snowmass woman, whom he had killed in January, before he killed Cunningham in March.

    On Jan. 12, 1975, a 23-year-old registered nurse named Caryn Campbell decided to retrieve a magazine from her room in the Wildwood Inn at Snowmass.

    Campbell and Cunningham could have been sisters, they looked so much alike.

    Campbell's fiancee watched her enter the elevator in the hotel's lobby; friends saw her emerge from it upstairs.

    She vanished somewhere along a well-lit hallway between the elevator and her room. Her nude body was found a month later next to a dirt road just outside Snowmass. Bundy had beaten her to death.

    Bundy escaped from the Garfield County jail before the trial concluded. He stole a car in Glenwood Springs, and when it broke down in Edwards he hitched a ride into Vail, where he spent the night in a hotel lobby. The next day, he got on a bus that eventually took him to Jacksonville, Florida. He committed several more murders in Florida before his final arrest in 1978.

    Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and rwyrick@vaildaily.com.
     
  16. Akoya

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    http://www.westword.com/news/a-forg...-julie-cunningham-killed-by-ted-bundy-5837729

    A forgotten Vail murder victim: Julie Cunningham, killed by Ted Bundy
    MICHAEL ROBERTS | NOVEMBER 9, 2009 | 12:40PM

    Most articles about the arrest of Richard "Rossi" Moreau, who's been accused of murder in a Saturday night shooting in Vail that left one person dead and three injured, have noted how rare such incidents have been in the ski community. Reference this Vail Daily report, which quotes officials who say they can only recall "two homicides that have occurred in Vail in its 47-year history, both in the late '70s or early '80s." But another notable slaying took place there in 1975 -- one which made a 1999 Denver Postlist citing Colorado's crimes of the century.

    Her name was Julie Cunningham, and she worked at a Vail ski shop. Ted Bundy, one of the era's most heinous and notorious serial killers, confessed to having murdered Cunningham shortly before his execution. As documented in former Westword staffer Steve Jackson's book No Stone Unturned, her body was never recovered.
     
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    http://crime-info.blogspot.com/2008/07/ted-bundy-and-his-bloody-visit-to.html

    TED BUNDY AND HIS BLOODY VISIT TO COLORADO
    Posted by bigcar

    By Don Rainwater

    If you ever looked at Ted Bundy, you would not see the serial killer that has haunted the dreams of the family members of his victims. Ted Bundy was a good looking man, athletic, and charming. His boyish looks do not show what was hidden deep in his troubled mind and the girls that were to become his victims did not know the evil that was in his heart or the deeds that he was capable of committing.

    When looking at the murders by the hands of Ted Bundy, one seems to be drawn to the idea that the murders happened in waves. The first wave was located in Washington and Oregon, but the second wave did not begin until Bundy began attending the University of Utah Law School in Salt Lake City. He had barely begun the school year until his thirst for the flesh of young women had him on the hunt again. He resumed killing in October and it started with the disappearance of Nancy Wilcox.

    Ms. Wilcox was just the beginning. Bundy murdered Melissa Smith. This was a brazen move for Bundy because Mellissa was the daughter of the Police Chief of Midvale, Utah. This fact being ignored, Bundy raped, sodomized and then strangled young Melissa and hid her body so well, it took nine days for the searchers to find it. Having a body count of two for October, Bundy ended the bloody month by killing Laura Aime, a seventeen year old woman from Lehi, Utah. She was found naked and beaten dead on the banks of a river in the American Fork Canyon. She was killed on Halloween and her body was not found until Thanksgiving Day.

    A week later on November 8th, 1974 another Utah woman almost fell victim to Bundy. In Murray Utah, a young woman known as Carol DaRonch was led astray when Bundy pretended to be an office of the Murray Police department. He told the woman that someone had tried to break into her car and that he wanted her to go with him to the police department. Carol got into the car with Bundy but became resistant when Bundy demanded that she put her seat belt on. When she refused, Bundy slammed the car to the side of the road and tried to capture Ms. DaRonch with handcuffs. During the struggle, the girl fought so strongly that Bundy accidently put the handcuffs on the same wrist. He found this out as she was able to fend off a skull crushing swing from a crowbar and open the door to fall out on the road.

    Bundy made a crucial mistake that night, one that would lead to him being captured and in jail for a short time in Colorado. Bundy went to Viewmont High School in Bountiful, Utah where a high school drama club was rehearsing at a play. Bundy approached both a teacher and a student to go with him outside to help identify a vehicle. Both refused but saw Bundy toward the end of the play breathing hard and his shirt was untucked from his pants. This was enough for the teacher to alert the authorities and after a search of the auditorium; the police found a small set of keys that unlocked the handcuffs that were around Carol DeRonch's wrist.

    Colorado can in to the picture in 1975. Bundy started his Colorado crimes on January 12, while still attending the law school in Utah. His first victim was Caryn Campbell. In the sleepy little Colorado ski village of Snowmass, The young lady disappeared from the Wildwood Inn and police suspected that she was abducted within thirty yards of her hotel room door and the elevator. Her body was found until five days later. Strangled and beaten, Caryn Campbell became a notch on Bundy's crowbar as he waited for his next Colorado murder.

    The next victim on March 15, 1975 was Julie Cunningham. Bundy was a ski instructor in Vail, Colorado and was known to be a helpful person and always trying to please. Bundy used this by walking across the ski slope parking lot on crutches. He appealed to this young woman by asking her to help him carry a pair of ski boots to his car. The young woman wanted to help him out and was rewarded by her charity with a crow bar to the head and handcuffs. Bundy slowly strangled the life out of her and moved on to his next victim.

    Ski season over, Bundy did not go up the I-70 corridor to find his next victim. Instead he took a short trip over the Utah border and found his next victim, Denise Oliverson in Grand Junction, Colorado. On April 6th, 1975, the twenty five year old Denise had gone for a bike ride after having a fight with her husband. Her intended destination was her parent's house and after not returning home, her husband thought that she had stayed the night with her parents. Her bike and sandals were found the next day. Until this day, her body was not found, but Bundy during a court hearing claimed that he had killed her and had dumped her body in the Colorado River. The Colorado River is swollen and moves fast from the winter melt in April and the body could be washed down stream miles away.

    Bundy's murder spree did not stop in Colorado. He jumped the state borders of Idaho, Utah, and finally Florida. There are no true estimates of how many people were killed by Ted Bundy. The general guess is around 39. On January 29th, 1989, Bundy was put to death by electric chair in a prison in Starke, Florida. His final words were, 'I'd like to give my love to my family and friends."

    Though he died for his evil ways, the people of Colorado will never forget the evil that visited there west slope of the Rocky Mountains. Bundy soiled the ski towns of Aspen and Snowmass with the blood of his victims and took away daughters that had a full life ahead of them. Instead with crowbar, handcuffs, and his own hands he defiled their bodies and strangled them until they were dead. Though not a native of Colorado, Bundy is added to the list of evil people that have crossed state lines and destroyed the reputation of the state, the towns, and the people of Colorado, giving them one more reason to fear the night.

    If you want to learn more about Ted Bundy or the numerous murders, massacres, and evil deeds commited in Colorado, visit http://www.coloradokillers.com
     
  18. Akoya

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    https://apps.colorado.gov/apps/coldcase/casedetail.html?id=2421

    Colorado Bureau
    of Investigation (CBI)

    COLD CASE FILES

    Case Detail

    Julie L Cunningham
    Case Details
    Case Type: Missing

    Height: 5' 5"

    Case Status: OPEN

    Weight: 110 lbs

    Aliases:

    Identifying Marks:

    Incident Date: 03/15/1975

    Occupation:

    Agency: Vail Police Department

    City: Vail

    Date of Birth: 01/10/1949

    County: Eagle

    Date of Death: Unknown

    Agency Case #: 75-0806

    Age: 26

    Judicial District: 6th Judicial District

    Gender: Female

    Year Solved:

    Race: Caucasian

    NamUs Case #: 12084

    Eyes: Brown

    NCMEC Case #: Unknown

    Hair: Brown

    About this Case:
    26 year old Julie Cunningham was last seen in Vail, Colorado on March 15, 1975. She disappeared early in the evening after she left her apartment in the Apollo Park neighborhood to visit a local tavern. She was last seen wearing a brown suede jacket, blue jeans, a ski cap, and boots. She has never been heard from again. Although never charged in her case, serial killer Ted Bundy confessed to Cunningham's murder. Bundy stated that he lured her into his vehicle by posing as an injured skier on crutches and asking her to help carry his ski boots. He claims he knocked her unconscious, drove her to a remote area about eighty miles west of Vail and raped her. He states he strangled her and then disposed of her body in a shallow grave near Rifle, CO in a high desert area with a circular drive and some large trees. Her body was never found, however. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact the Vail Police Department.

    If you have any information about this case, please contact:
    Vail Police Department

    Vail

    Colorado
     
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