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Real Name: Jill 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 at Indiana University when she left her home to go for a bike ride at around 9am on Wednesday, May 31, 2000. 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, and the family soon distributed flyers all over town and volunteers mapped out routes where she may have gone that day. On Friday, Jill's bike, a Cannondale R500, turned up at around 5pm. 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.
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 18-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. 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, 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.
Extra Notes: This case originally ran on the September 10, 2001 episode.
This case 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. In April 2006, police arrested John Myers II of Ellettsville for her abduction and murder. 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. However, despite the case being entirely circumstantial, Myers was convicted of murder on October 30, 2006 and was sentenced to 65 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 is currently appealing the verdict to the Indiana State Supreme Court.
- Jill Behrman at Bloomington Wikia
- Jill Behrman at WTHR.com
- Jill Behrman at Herald Times
- Jill Behrman on the Indy Channel
- 2015 News Article on Jill's Death