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Some of the information out there about this match is inncorrect out there right now.A woman named Teresa contacted me about this match with this Jane Doe
and Bambi Lynn Dick.The sheriffs office and Modeina Holmes is working directly with a woman named Teresa with this match.So I pray every one will be giving her
some credit also for this match if this Jane Doe is Bambi.Teresa is a very sweet lady and she very much deserves it.That would be the right thing to do.
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Mar 26 09 9:27 AM
25 year old murder case reopened
Thursday, March 26, 2009
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
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
Retired Sgt. Modenia Holmes was assigned this case when it originally occurred.
Sgt. Holmes retired and returned part time and over the next 26 years never gave up on identifying homicide victim Jane Doe 1983. Sgt. Holmes has researched
hundreds of leads and possible matches generated through the NCIC/TCIC telecommunication system without identifying Jane Doe since 1983.
Sgt. Holmes has spent literally thousands of hours over the past 26 years attempting to identify Jane Doe.
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.
It was discovered that Bambi Dick had been reported as a runaway in Davenport, Iowa on October 10, 1983 and when she turned 18 yrs old she was removed from the
No missing person report was filed until a family member had Bambi Dick placed in the North American Missing Person Network.
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
Amarillo Police Department
Mar 26 09 9:47 AM
Bambi Lynn Dick
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: September 29, 1983 from Davenport, Iowa
Classification: Endangered Runaway
Date Of Birth: January 4, 1966
Weight: 120 lbs
Hair Color: Light Brown
Eye Color: Hazel
Distinguishing Characteristics: Bambi has a
third nipple under her right breast as well as a burn mark
on one of her arms. She wore contacts.
Details of her Disappearance
Bambi was last seen when she went to a concert at the Colonel ballroom on September 29, 1983. A missing persons report was filed with the Davenport police
(Report number 83-66283) however it was cancelled in 1984 for unknown reasons. Searches using Bambi's Social Security number did not find any trace of her
and her family has not seen nor heard from her since the concert.
Mar 26 09 11:35 AM
Apr 1 09 10:12 AM
It's been 26 years, and today, Potter-Randall Special Crimes now knows the name of a teenager from Iowa, found murdered in Amarillo.
Bambi Lynn Dick was seventeen years old when she was found strangled to death along Highway 287, about 18 miles north of Amarillo, laying next to a drainage pipe. Police say even though they know her name, this case is far from closed. The biggest question still remains... Who murdered her? Lt. Gary Trupe says, "We don't have one iota of any kind of information at all on any kind of suspect. Nothing that was developed then or since then or anything." But Potter-Randall Special Crimes is not giving up... Even if that means making a trip to Bambi's hometown of Davenport, Iowa.
Trupe says, "If we go up and visit friends and family members, you know, that's 26 years ago, to try and see if they remember any specific details. Somebody remembers who she left with. Or if she left with an unknown person. What were they driving. Databases on license plates don't go back that far." Authorities know it will be tough. "We're 26 years behind." But they're are hoping to stumble upon something useful, even if by chance... Just the way that a California woman stumbled upon Bambi's information on the North American Missing Person's Network a few weeks ago... Leading authorities to make a positive ID on Thursday.
Bambi was reported as a runaway two days after her body was found in Amarillo, but Davenport authorities took her out of the system when she turned 18. That's why it took so long for her to be identified... There were no records for local authorities to compare her information to. Police do not believe Bambi's trip to Amarillo was a random one. They think she was here to visit someone in particular, but they are not releasing that person's identity until the investigation is further along.
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