Lynette Dawn Culver

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Above: Lynette, circa 1975

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 6, 1975 from Pocatello, Idaho
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: July 31, 1962
  • Age: 12 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'2 - 5'3, 110 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue/hazel eyes. Lynette appeared older than her actual age in 1975. She has a mole on her lower left cheek.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A maroon jacket with a fur collar, a red checkered shirt and blue jeans.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Lynette was last seen in Pocatello, Idaho on May 6, 1975. She left Alameda Junior High School for her lunch break and never returned. That afternoon, she boarded a bus at Hawthorne Junior High School, bound for Fort Hall. She has never been heard from again. Investigators initially believed she ran away, perhaps to a nearby Indian reservation, but they began to suspect foul play as time passed and nobody saw or heard from her.

    Serial killer Theodore Robert "Ted" Bundy confessed to Lynette's murder shortly before his 1989 execution. A photo of Bundy is posted below this case summary. He claimed he abducted Lynette and took her to a room at a Holiday Inn, where he raped her, drowned her in the bathtub and dumped her body in the Snake River. He provided details about Lynette's life that only she could have told him. Bundy is a suspect in many disappearances, including those of Nancy Baird, Ann Marie Burr, Julie Cunningham, Susan Curtis, Georgeann Hawkins, Vicki Hollar, Rita Jolly, Debra Kent, Donna Manson, Denise Oliverson, Nancy Wilcox and other young women. The women continue to be listed as missing persons. Their remains have never been recovered.

    Lynette was the youngest of three children in a middle-class family, and lived with them on Fairbanks Street. One of her siblings died prior to her disappearance. She was born in Washington and moved to Idaho in 1967. Lynette had a good relationship with her family in 1975. She was in the seventh grade, was a good student and was considered a normal preteen, although she did have some problems with school truancy. Her body has never been found.

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    Above: Bundy, circa 1980s

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Pocatello Police Department

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    Source Information
    The Idaho State Journal
    The Crime Library
    The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
    Wikipedia
    The Bundy Murders: a Comprehensive History by Kevin M. Sullivan

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 25, 2014; distinguishing characteristics updated.

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