Real Name: Jill Kristen Behrman
Nicknames: No Known Nicknames
Location: Bloomington, Indiana
Date: May 31, 2000
Occupation: Student Recreational Sports Center Worker
Date of Birth: 1981
Weight: 120 pounds
Marital Status: Single
Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, green eyes.
Details: Nineteen-year-old Jill Behrman had just finished her freshman year as a business major at Indiana University. At around 9AM on Wednesday, May 31, 2000, she left her home to go for a bike ride. Biking was a form of exercise for her. She was last seen a half hour later near the intersection of Harrell Road and Moffet Lane in Southeastern Bloomington, Indiana. She was supposed to meet her father and grandfather at 3PM for lunch after her shift at the Student Recreational Sports Center, but she never showed up. When Jill didn't return home that evening, her father called the police.
The family soon distributed flyers all over town and volunteers mapped out routes where she may have gone that day. At around 5PM on Friday, Jill's bike, a Cannondale R500, turned up. It was spotted by a jogger, who reported that he had seen the bike in a cornfield near Elletsville, ten miles northwest of Bloomington on Wednesday, well before anyone knew of her disappearance. He picked up the bike and kept it until he saw a news story about the case. Investigators searched the area but found no further clues.
The area where the bike was found brought up more questions than answers for investigators and Jill's family. Jill was last seen biking away from her home in a southerly direction. However, her bike was found ten miles to the northwest. This would not have been a route that she would take, as it would have taken her through traffic in town.
Three days later, the mystery deepened when a digital radio believed to be Jill's was found neatly placed in the parking lot of a Bloomington church. At the same time, another churchgoer noticed a suspicious dark-colored pick-up truck drive quickly out of the lot. Police would like to question the driver. Investigators have conducted dozens of searches and have received nearly 3,000 tips about the case.
One of their most viable tips was about an eighteen-year-old woman, who claimed that two weeks after Jill vanished, she was walking past an old black Ford pickup truck in Elletsville at around 10:30PM when the man inside the vehicle grabbed her arm and attempted to pull her inside: she broke free and escaped. However, no one has ever been arrested in that case. Elletsville is just three miles from where Jill's bike was found, and authorities believe that the two cases may be connected.
Another attempted abduction is believed to be related to Jill's case. The incident occurred in Bowling Green, Kentucky and involved a female cyclist whose bicycle was purposefully struck by an unknown motorist. The man tried to drag her into his car before he was chased away by a witness. A composite of the unknown man who attacked the young woman has been on Jill's missing posters in hopes that someone may recognize him and bring him to justice.
Authorities have another theory in this case: they think Jill may have been the victim of a hit-and-run and that the occupants of the vehicle may have panicked, moved Jill's bicycle and then hid her body. However, the damage to her bike was minimal, making it unlikely that she was struck while riding. Despite this, investigators believe that it is possible that she was struck while she was resting or working on her bike. Unfortunately, little evidence has been found to tell what really happened to Jill Behrman.
Suspects: Authorities believe that the unidentified man that tried to abduct the young woman in Elletsville may have been involved in Jill's disappearance. He was described as a Caucasian male who drove an old black Ford pickup truck. He has never been identified.
Extra Notes: This case originally ran on the September 10, 2001 episode.
Jill's murder was also profiled on America’s Most Wanted.
Results: Unresolved. On March 22, 2002, three women named Wendy Owings, Uriah Clouse and Alisha Evans implicated themselves by confessing that they had murdered Jill Behrman and had dumped her body in the vicinity of Salt Creek. A search was made of the area which was cut short by flooding, but Jill's remains were not recovered. However, polygraph examinations of the girls revealed that they were lying about their involvement. No charges were filed for their deception.
In March of 2003, Jill's skeletal remains were discovered by two hunters in a wooded roadside area east of Bloomington in Morgan County, Indiana. The cause of her death was ruled to be a contact shotgun wound to the back of the head. In April of 2006, police arrested John Myers II of Ellettsville for her abduction and murder.
Myers had been a suspect for several years. Jill's bike was found just one mile from his residence. He was on vacation from work on the week of her disappearance. On the day she vanished, witnesses noticed that the windows in Myers's trailer were covered and his car was parked out of sight. Also, Myers was reportedly hysterical that day and talked about leaving town and never coming back.
Myers and his girlfriend had broken up shortly before Jill vanished. A few days later, he told his aunt about her disappearance and claimed that he was afraid that he would be blamed for it. He also stated that they "hadn't found her body yet" and guessed that she was dead. He also told her that he was "scared" of roadblocks, but wouldn't say why. In August of 2000, Myers's brother noticed that the twelve-gauge shotgun that he stored at his parents' home was missing. The same type of gun was used to kill Jill.
Following Jill's disappearance, Myers brought up the case to multiple people for no apparent reason. He told co-workers about how he was considered a suspect, how her bike was found near his home, and how she was probably abducted around there. He also falsely claimed that he had found her bike. He also "bet" that her remains would be found in the woods. On another occasion, he stated that if he was ever going to hide a body he would hide it in a wooded area up “this way,” pointing north on Maple Grove Road. He claimed he was comfortable with that area because he used to hunt there. He also told a corrections officer that he felt "sorry" for what happened to Jill; he gave him a list of places to help search for Jill. Her body would later be found in one of those areas.
In November of 2004, he called his grandmother, stating: “Grandma, if you just knew the things that I've got on my mind. [I]f the authorities knew it, I’d be in prison for the rest of my life.” He also claimed that his father knew what happened and had "taken it to his grave." He later told her: “Grandma, I wish I wasn’t a bad person. I wish I hadn’t done these bad things.”
While in jail on unrelated charges, he also talked to his cellmate about the case. He stated “[I]f she [referring to Behrman] wouldn’t have said anything, . . . none of this would have happened.” Investigators later took Myers's ex-girlfriend to the area where Jill's body was found. She identified it as the same place that he had taken her one evening after they had gotten into an argument.
When questioned by police, Myers claimed that he was not afraid of roadblocks and had never talked to anyone about Jill's disappearance. The prosecution claimed that Myers had been angered after breaking up with his girlfriend and took his rage out on Jill by abducting and murdering her. Myers was convicted of murder on October 30, 2006 and was sentenced to sixty-five years in prison.
It has since been suggested that Myers may be innocent due to a rush to justice. Allegedly Myers's defense attorney, Patrick Baker, barely put any effort into his case, and the jurors were allowed to drink alcoholic beverages and maintain access to cell phones and televisions, conducting themselves in a manner described as a "fraternity party like" atmosphere. Myers appealed the verdict to the Indiana State Supreme Court. In November of 2015, Myer's conviction was upheld.
- Jill Behrman on Unsolved Archive
- Jill Behrman at Bloomington Wikia
- Jill Behrman on the Indy Channel
- Jill Behrman murder case - timeline
- The Jill Behrman case: 10 years later
- Mother of Jill Behrman shares words of comfort, pain in wake of another murder
- Conviction upheld in Jill Behrman murder
- John Myers v. State of Indiana
- Jill Behrman on Find a Grave