Author Topic: BITTER CREEK BETTY: HF, 24-32, found in Sweetwater, WY - 1 March 1992  (Read 271 times)


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213UFWY - Unidentified Female

Date of Discovery: March 1, 1992
Location of Discovery: Sweetwater, Sweetwater County, Wyoming
Estimated Date of Death: 1-5 months prior
State of Remains: Recognizable face
Cause of Death: Homicide by stabbing

Physical Description
Estimated Age: 24-32 years old
Race: Hispanic or Native American
Gender: Female
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 125-130 lbs.
Hair Color: Dark brown or black, collar-length.
Eye Color: Dark brown or black.
Distinguishing Marks/Features: A vertical Cesarean scar on her abdomen and a one-inch scar on her left calf. She had a distinctive tattoo of a rose on the right breast. Investigation has determined the tattoo was “inked” in Tucson, Arizona, at a tattoo shop near the Triple T Truck Stop.

: Available. Previous dental work noted.
Fingerprints: Available.
DNA: Available.

Clothing & Personal Items
Clothing: A pair of pink panties and a pair of sweat pants were found nearby.
Jewelry: A gold-colored necklace and a plain gold-colored wedding-type ring, worn on her left ring finger.
Additional Personal Items: Unknown

Circumstances of Discovery
A truck driver pausing at an Interstate 80 turnout, known as Bitter Creek, spotted the victim's **** body lying face down in the snow. The body appeared as if it had been dropped out of a truck and came to rest at the bottom of a slope.

Investigators theorize the victim was probably killed elsewhere and dumped near the westbound side of the highway between October 1991 and February 1992.

The cause of death was listed as an ice pick or similar object inserted in the victim's left nostril, penetrating her sphenoid bone. Examiners also found signs of strangulation, beating trauma to the face and jaw, as well as anal and vaginal sexual assault.

The sophistication of the killing points to the possible involvement of a serial offender. Detectives have determined the killer's blood is type O.

The victim, known as "Bitter Creek Betty" is buried in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens.

DNA evidence obtained from the victim matches DNA evidence from 390UFWY.

Investigating Agency(s)
Agency Name: Sweetwater County Coroner's Office
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: 307-352-6608
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 92-0763

Agency Name: Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office
Agency Contact Person: Detective Mark Ferman
Agency Phone Number: 307-352-6720
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: Unknown

NCIC Case Number: U549593815
NamUs Case Number: 8894

Information Source(s)
Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office
APB News Archive

Admin Notes
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