Texas detectives to visit Davenport to pursue murder case

Texas detectives to visit Davenport to pursue murder case

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THOMAS GEYER, Courier Lee News Service

DAVENPORT - Two investigators from the Amarillo Special Crimes Unit will be in Davenport this week interviewing family and friends of murder victim Bambi Dick in an effort to make progress on the case.

Lt. Gary Trupe of the Amarillo Special Crimes Unit said the detectives will arrive Tuesday and will be in town three to four days. They are looking for anyone with information that might help them solve Dick's disappearance and murder.

Dick, then 17, went to the Quiet Riot and Axe concert at the Col Ballroom in Davenport on the night of Sept. 28, 1983. Her family never saw her again.

Ten days after the concert, a biker found a young woman dead hundreds of miles away. She was strangled from behind, dragged and stuffed into a culvert outside of Amarillo, Texas. Investigators pursued hundreds, maybe thousands, of leads trying to figure out who she was.

They buried her as a Jane Doe at Amarillo's Memory Gardens Cemetery, with donated clothes, a donated plot, a donated casket and a donated headstone.

They also kept a video of her funeral, just in case her family was found, he said.

Earlier in February, an organization called The Doe Network contacted the Amarillo police. They thought they might have a possible match with one of their Does.

That's because Paul Dick had just put his sister's description into the North American Missing Persons Network, a sister site of The Doe Network.

In February, investigators contacted Bambi's parents, Edward and Evelyn Dick, now in their 80s, for a couple of hours and took swabs to test their DNA. The tests came back as a match for the Jane Doe found in Amarillo. It was Bambi.

Trupe said there are three or four people they want to speak with soon regarding Bambi's disappearance.

"Now we have something we can investigate," he said of the identification.


Anyone with information about disappearance and murder of Bambi Dick can contact Lt. Gary Trupe of the Amarillo Special Crimes Unit Trupe at (806) 378-4268 or at gary.trupe@amarillo.gov. Also, information can be given to Davenport police Det. Kyle Chisholm at (563) 328-6749.


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