Real Names: Jennifer Marie Bastian
Location: Tacoma, Washington
Date: August 1986
Details: Jennifer Bastian was thirteen years old when she went missing. According to the papers, Jennifer wanted to ride her bike thirty blocks to the park and then go back home. She was training for a YMCA bicycle tour of Lopez Island. When Jennifer did not return home later that evening, her family called the police.
Jennifer’s body was found 28 days later by a group of joggers near the Five Mile Drive. She had been raped and strangled. Police found DNA near her body and submitted about 30 cheek swabs of potential suspects to the lab for comparison.
Jennifer’s case is often linked to the Michella Welch murder. Michella’s remains had been found four months earlier in the ravine of another Tacoma park. Michella was 12 years old when she disappeared in March 1986. She too had been on a bike and on her way home to care for her sisters. Police found her body the same night.
Extra Notes: The airdate of this case is unknown.
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