Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Miles from Home: The Bambi Lynn Dick Case

By Dark Sleuth 

 Bambi Lynn Dick
(Source: Iowa Cold Cases)

She was only 17 years-old.   

For 26 years no one knew what happened to the teenager. 

Her concerned family filed a police report with the Davenport Police Department within days of her disappearance.  Sadly, according to Crime Watch Daily, Dick's name was removed from the missing-persons list just days after she would have turned 18 years-old.  For decades, missing teenagers were often treated as runaways by local law enforcement.  

Her family, however, never gave up.

In 2009, Bambi Lynn Dick's brother, Paul Dick, posted information about his missing sister on the North American Missing Persons site.  A few days later, Teresa Sprague, an amateur internet sleuth, reviewed the profile and made a connection

Miles from Home:

The investigation determined that the young woman died of strangulation.  She had been dragged 30 feet down the road before being abandoned in the culvert.   

When the local investigation failed to identify the victim, detectives sent composites to agencies all over the country.  

She was buried as a "Jane Doe."  The people of Amarillo took her under their wing. They provided a donated casket, clothes, and a headstone.  

In 2009, Teresa Sprague noticed the similarities between Paul Dick's profile of his missing sister and the "Amarillo Jane Doe."  Both women shared a distinct physical feature: a third nipple below the right breast. 

After 26 years, authorities confirmed Sprague's hunch with a DNA match.  Bambi Lynn Dick was the "Amarillo Jane Doe."  Days after the teenager went missing, her body was found more than 900 miles south of Davenport, Iowa in Amarillo, Texas.

One Mystery Solved, Another Remains:

Jane Doe finally had an identity, but Dick's murder is still not solved.  

Many questions remain.

Who interacted with Dick at the concert?

Original crime scene investigator, Modeina Holmes, said that Dick had "probably been there [in the culvert for] 24 to 30 hours."  What happened to Dick in the time between her disappearance and when she was killed?

 According to Crime Watch Daily, Dick was found "wearing a large gold wedding band with tape on it."  What does this detail mean?  Was Dick romantically involved with someone? Who?

Why was Dick's body left 900 miles from Davenport, Iowa in Amarillo, Texas?  What is the connection?  

There is one interesting note, which may or may not be significant.  According to, prior to their Iowa show, Quiot Riot's tour included a stop in Norman, Oklahoma and before that, 4 shows in Texas: Austin, Houston, San Antonio and Dallas.   

Is there any connection between the previous show dates in Texas and Dick's disappearance and murder?

(After the Davenport show, Quiot Riot's tour took the band in the opposite direction from Texas to Illinois and other shows in the Midwest.)

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Sources of Information:
Crime Watch Daily, "Internet sleuth solves Jane Doe I.D. from across country; murder remains unsolved," by Pat LaLama, June 10, 2016: 

Iowa Cold Cases, "Bambi Lynn Dick" Case Summary, by Jody Ewing: 

Amarillo Globe-News, "Jane Doe ID'd as missing Iowa teen," by Janelle Stecklein, March 27, 2009: 

Amarillo Globe-News, "Iowa trip yields few clues in '83 cold case," by Janelle Stecklein, May 31, 2009: 

The Quad-City Times, "A memorial for Bambi- Family to attend service in Texas for teen killed in 1983," by Ann McGlynn, September 2, 2009: