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Bambi Lynn Dick
Disappeared from Davenport, Iowa, Sept. 29, 1983
“Jane Doe” found in Potter County, Texas, Oct. 8, 1983
“Jane Doe” DNA match made to Bambi Dick,
University of North Texas, March 26, 2009
Bambi Lynn Dick, a 17-year-old Davenport, Iowa, West High School senior, disappeared on September 29, 1983, after attending a Quiet Riot and Axe concert at Davenport’s Col Auditorium.
On March 26, 2009, more than 25 years after she went missing, her remains were identified through a DNA match to a Jane Doe discovered in Amarillo, Texas, on October 8, 1983.
Dick’s parents, Edward and Evelyn Dick, filed a missing persons report with the Davenport Police Department within two days after their daughter failed to return home from the concert.
The missing person report included certain physical characteristics that would help identify the teen, including a third nipple beneath her right breast and a burn scar on an arm.
The Dicks indicated they’d never had problems with their daughter being a “runaway.”
Bambi Lynn Dick was entered into Iowa’s missing persons database, and on January 4, 1984, would have turned 18 years old. She was removed from the database two days later.
Family members continued to search for Dick over the years, scouring the Internet’s various lists of unidentified persons.
On October 8, 1983 — nine days after Dick went missing — a biker traveling along US Highway 287 about 18 miles north of Amarillo, Texas, discovered the body of a partially-clothed female. The woman’s body lay in a culvert but contained no identification.
Texas officials determined the teen had been strangled. She had not been sexually assaulted, and autopsy results showed no signs of drugs or alcohol in her system.
Detectives catalogued the belongings found with the Jane Doe victim:
The Potter County (TX) Special Crimes Unit investigated the woman’s case and saved all material they felt might possibly identify her.
Sgt. Modenia Holmes distributed a victim sketch throughout the US in hopes it might lead to a positive identification.
When no one came forward, police moved onward with plans for burial in Amarillo’s Memory Gardens Cemetery.
Maurice Schooler of the Schooler-Gordon Funeral Home provided funeral services at no cost and also donated the plot in which the unknown victim would be buried. Officials videotaped the service and would keep the recording on file for future reference in their unsolved “Jane Doe” case.
Approximately 25 years later, Dick’s brother, Paul Dick, uploaded a photo and description of his sister to the North America Missing Persons Network with hopes of finding a new lead in her unsolved disappearance. It quickly caught the attention of Victorville, Calif. resident Teresa Sprague, who maintained a missing persons website in her state. Sprague contacted Amarillo officials to see if there was a possible match to their 1983 Jane Doe.
Lt. Gary Trupe from the Potter-Randall Special Crimes Unit contacted Dick’s parents in Davenport to request a DNA sample for comparison to their Jane Doe. Those DNA samples were submitted to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification, and on March 26, 2009, a mitochondrial match was made to Davenport’s Bambi Lynn Dick.
In a highly publicized second memorial service held in Amarillo in September 2009, Dick’s brothers and a nephew dedicated a new gravestone that replaced the previous Jane Doe stone.
In a show of appreciation the Texas community had accorded their loved one, Dick’s family members chose to leave their daughter buried in Amarillo.
Though Bambi Lynn Dick’s body has been positively identified, her killer remains unidentified and her murder unsolved.
If you have any information about the unsolved murder of Bambi Lynn Dick, please contact the Davenport Police Department at 563-326-7979, Lt. Gary Trupe, Coordinator of the Amarillo/Potter/Randall Special Crimes Unit at 806-378-4268, or the Scott County Sheriff’s Office at 563-326-8625.