Episode 59

The Possible Victims of Bobby Jack Fowler

July 20, 2020   Tags: , , ,
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This week Paul and Billy decided to look into cases that their friend Michelle McNamara, author of I'll Be Gone in the Dark, looked into on her blog True Crime Diary. They look at unsolved cases in Oregon and the link to potential serial killer Bobby Jack Fowler. Fowler was a violent offender with cases in Oregon, Iowa, Texas, Tennessee and Canada. And those are just the cases we know.

Possible Oregon Victims:
In March of 2009, she posted an entry on True Crime Diary that she titled “Coastal Killer.” In it she detailed five murders--in three separate cases. The first Kelly Disney. 17-year-old Kelly was last seen on March 1, 1984 around 1 AM on Highway 20 in Newport, Oregon. She disappeared without a trace. 

On May 3,1992, two other teens disappeared. 17-year-old Melissa Sanders and her family went camping at Beverly Beach State Park, just two short miles from Newport. Melissa’s friend, 19-year-old Sheila Swanson joined them. 

After a night of camping, the two teens decided to leave their tent. They were seen around 11 PM on a payphone at Beverly Beach Grocery on Highway 101. 

Their remains were discovered on October 10th by hunters in Eddyville, nearly twenty miles from where the two teens went missing. The bodies were roughly 50 feet from a logging road under brush. They were too badly decomposed to determine a cause of death.  
The next year, 16-year-olds Jennifer Esson and Kara Leas had been at friend’s house watching movies with Jennifer’s boyfriend. Around 12:45 to 1 AM the girls left. In an eerie moment before leaving, Jennifer told her boyfriend that if he didn’t hear from her in an hour and half to call the police. 

It was late and it had been rainy. But the girls decided to walk home. A route that would take them to Northwest 56th Street toward Highway 101. Jennifer never called her boyfriend after she left.

Two and half weeks later, loggers stumbled upon Jennifer and Kara’s remains. They said they had found a body near Moolack Beach. Again the remains were under the brush, stacked on top of one another.

Highway of Tears Victim:

The first case that was traced to Fowler via his DNA was out of Prince George, British Columbia. It took place on what has become known as the Highway of Tears. 16-year-old Colleen MacMillen was last seen hitchhiking from home to her friend’s house in August of 1974. Her remains were found about a month later. 

Her body was located off a logging road near 100 Mile House, and according to investigators it looked like she was strangled. They were able to preserve DNA from Colleen’s crime scene, specifically her blouse, by carefully collecting and storing the evidence left at the scene.

In 2012, RCMP submitted DNA for a third time through international databases. The DNA matched Bobby Jack Fowler who had died six years earlier while in prison.

Possible Other Highway of Tears Victims:
In October 1973, Gale Weys was on her way from Clearwater to Kamloops to see her parents. She had been working two jobs, one in a pub, to save money for a trip to Mexico. The night she disappeared she was looking for someone in the pub to give her a ride home. Gale ended up hitchhiking. Her remains were found the following spring--on a logging road, just like the others. When Fowler was named a suspect in the case, the family put out a statement requesting information. Specifically if someone possibly found her clothes. 

Pamela Darling disappeared in November of 1973. She was last seen at a bar in downtown Kamloops. Her body was discovered much faster, just the next day. She was facedown at a park in the South Thompson River. According to investigators she was found nude with bite marks. 

Possible Iowa Victim:
17-year-old Bambi Lynn Dick disappeared from Davenport, Iowa. She had gone to a Quiet Riot and Axe concert at the Davenport’s Col Ballroom on September 29, 1983. 

When Bambi didn’t arrive home from the concert, her parents filed a missing person report two days later. Her family told authorities that Bambi had never run away. They continued the search for her.

On October 8th, 1983, a biker discovered partially clothed human remains on Highway 287 in Amarillo, Texas. Law enforcement determined the victim had been strangled. But there was no sign of sexual assault. The body remained unidentified until 2009. 

We are looking for any information on the cases above as well as other potential victims of Bobby Jack Fowler. These are the areas we know he was present in:  Arizona, British Columbia, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.  He very well may have victims in each one of these places--not to mention the surrounding states you’d have to drive through (Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma). 

If you have any information, please contact us.   


1. Do not name names publicly. Send everything to the police or to this page and we will forward to the police. 
2. Do not post side by side photos.
3. Do not contact any family members. 
4. Do not doxx each other and be civil. We all want the same thing. 

As tips come in, Jensen and Holes will work to verify them. If they look good, we will publish them here to try and get us closer to their names.