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Episode 6

Ted Bundy and the Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Murders

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In the early 1970's seven women were killed in the Santa Rosa, California area. It has been nearly 50 years. Their families and friends have no answers. Many persons of interests have been named in the media throughout the decades, including serial killer Ted Bundy.

Even though Bundy was never charged, some of the victims fit his MO and victim type. We know that Bundy was around the Santa Rosa area during this time period visiting his girlfriend and going to school. Currently there is no direct evidence linking Bundy to any of these crimes.

The Victims:

Maureen Sterling and Yvonne Weber (Both 12 years old):
Maureen and Yvonne were last seen alive on February 4, 1972. They had attended an event at the Redwood Empire Ice Arena. Around 9 PM the two young girls hitchhiked to get home around Guerneville Road. Just after Christmas of 1972, both girls' bodies were found between Porter Creek Road and Franz Valley Road. Their skeletal remains were 66 feet down an embankment. The only items found with them were a single earring, orange beads, and a 14-carat-gold necklace with a cross.

Kim Allen (19 years old):
She was last seen alive on March 4, 1972 around 5:20 PM near Bell Avenue. She had just left the health food store she worked at near Larkspur to hitchhike home. According to the police investigation two men picked her up and drove her to the on-ramp at Bell Avenue and Highway 101. But authorities were able to rule them out. So the only person to see her after that was the person who killed her.

Her body was located the next day down an embankment off Enterprise Road. She had been raped and strangled with a rope or wire--taking at least 30 minutes to die. Based on the crime scene law enforcement thinks her killer or killers may have slipped and been injured. They asked the public if they recalled anyone with a leg injury the following Monday at work or school.

Lori Lee Kursa (13 years old):
In November of 1972, Lori's mother reported her missing. She was a habitual runaway. The last day that her friends saw her alive was November 20th. The first week of December a witness claimed to have seen Lori being abducted by two men in a van with damage on one side. One man was described as a white man with an afro hairstyle. Police were never able to identify the men nor the van.

On December 14th, law enforcement located Lori's body. She was partially frozen and down a steep embankment 20-30 feet from Calistoga Road. Police estimated that she had been killed two weeks prior. Her cause of death was a broken neck. There was no signs of sexual assault.

Carolyn Davis (14 years old):
Carolyn ran away from her home in Shasta County in February 1973. She had been with her grandmother on the day of July 15th, 1973. Her grandmother dropped Carolyn off at the post office. She was last seen by a witness hitchhiking near Highway 101 in Santa Rosa.

On July 31st, her body was recovered 10 feet away from where Maureen and Yvonne had been discovered the year before. Carolyn's cause of death was strychnine poisoning roughly 10-14 days before her remains were found. Authorities could not determine if she was sexually assaulted.

Theresa Walsh (23 years old):
Theresa was last seen alive at Zuma Beach in Malibu, California in December of 1973. She was hitchhiking on Highway 101 to try and get to family in Garberville for the holidays. She never made it.

On December 28th, her body was found submerged under a log in Mark West Creek. Her cause of death was strangulation. It was reported that she was hogtied with clothesline rope and sexually assaulted.

Jane Doe:
Jane Doe was found a 100 yards away from Lori Lee Kursa's body off Calistoga Road on July 2nd, 1979. Jane was hogtied and had a broken arm. Because of the state of her remains, a cause of death could not be determined. But authorities think she was killed three years before her remains were found.

She is thought to be between 16-21 years old. She had brown hair and was roughly 5'3". A long with her remains a metal candy tin with cherries on it was found. Inside the tin was one hard contact lens.At some point she had a broken rib that had time to heal before she killed.

Jeanette Kamahele (20 years old-MISSING):
Jeanette is still missing to this day. She was a 20 years old Santa Rosa Junior College student. She left home at 9:30 AM, April 25th, 1972. Her roommate said she regularly hitchhiked to school. Her roommate reported her missing when she never made it home or school that day.

At the time she went missing Jeanette was 5'5" and 120 pounds. She had brown eyes and black hair. She was last seen wearing denim pants, sandals and a black sweater or blouse.

 


Additional Articles on Jeanette Kamahele:


ASSIGNMENT

Jensen and Holes: The Murder Squad would like your help if finding out more information on these women and girls. If you knew them or know someone who did, please contact us. More information about them can help us piece together information about their killer or killers.

Then the last two assignments are these: please look through databases The Charley Project and the internet and help us give Jane Doe her name back. Also search NaMUS and the internet to see if there is a Jane Doe somewhere who could be Jeanette Kamahele.

CODE OF CONDUCT:

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 contact any family members.
3. Do not doxx each other and be civil. We all want to 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 answers.
Map via Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Murders and Deb Silva.

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