Real Names: William Rundle and Traci Lynn Kenley
Nicknames: Bill Rundle (William)
Location: Hastings, Nebraska
Date: August 17, 2000
Occupation: Healthcare Specialist (Traci), Forklift Operator (Bill)
Date of Birth: 1972 (Traci), 1975 (Bill)
Height: 5'8 (Traci), 5'8 (Bill)
Weight: 150 pounds (Bill)
Marital Status: Dating (Traci), Divorced (Bill)
Characteristics: Blond hair (Traci).
Details: On August 17, 2000, Bill Rundle and Traci Kenley left to drive forty-five miles to Traci's parent's farm in rural Edgar, Nebraska. The pair had vague plans to visit Traci's boyfriend later that evening. Bill and Traci had met six months earlier and by all accounts their relationship was platonic. Traci was a healthcare specialist who worked with the elderly, while Bill was a forklift operator.
They got together at around 4:30PM to retrieve a second set of keys she needed, and Bill wanted to look at a truck that Traci's father had been selling. At around 10:30PM, the two said goodbye to Traci's parents, got into Bill's new black Jeep Wrangler Sahara and headed for the highway. At around 10:45PM, the two stopped at the Country Store in neighboring Clay Center to go to the bathroom and get something to drink.
After leaving there, Traci called her boyfriend Doug Wolfe at 11PM. Doug was working a 2PM to Midnight shift in Hastings. Traci asked Doug what his after-work plans were and he said he was thinking about getting a beer at a local lounge. Traci said that she and Bill would plan to meet him at 12:30AM. They said goodbye, and it was the last time anyone heard from either Traci or Bill.
The next day, neither Traci nor Bill showed up for work. Nobody could understand why they weren't there and what happened to them. Cell phone records helped identify Traci and Bill's location when she called Doug. They were at an intersection sixteen miles east of Hastings. The Clay and Adam's County Police Departments conducted search parties around that area. Authorities believed that Bill may have crashed into a nearby cornfield but a search turned up nothing.
Police considered the possibility that Bill and Traci left voluntarily. According to one of Bill's friends, he was lonely at the time and felt close to Traci. Some suggested that they were having an affair, but no evidence was found to support this. Also, all they had was the money that they had taken with them. Since they disappeared, none of their ATMs, credit cards, or phones have been used.
One week later, Bill's hat mysteriously appeared at the same intersection that Traci had called Doug before they vanished. This was strange because the area had been searched the week before but the hat had not turned up then. Lab analysis confirmed that it was his hat. Police do not believe that Bill was wearing the hat when they vanished. There had been two inches of rain in the days following the disappearance, but the hat showed no evidence of being wet. Police believe that it may have been planted there.
Another strange thing about the case is that Bill's car has never been found. If they had been murdered, why would the killer take such lengths to conceal the car? However, if they had left voluntarily, then the car would probably be still with them. However, nobody knows what really happened to either Bill or Tracy. A $5000 reward is being offered in the case.
Suspects: None known; police suspect that someone driving through Nebraska may have came upon Bill and Traci and abducted them.
Extra Notes: This case originally ran on the July 5, 2001 episode. This case also ran as an episode of a Court TV series.
Results: Solved. Two years after they vanished, on July 31, 2002, a farm worker noticed the outline of a car in a run-off pond near the road where Bill and Traci were travelling. A drought had lowered the water level in the pond. Authorities raised the car, which was determined to be Bill's jeep. Both of their bodies were found inside.
Authorities believe they mistakenly turned off a narrow private road and while turning around may have rolled into the feedlot run-off pond where they remained unnoticed for two years. Neither Bill nor Tracy were wearing seat belts, and damage to the front of the jeep was consistent with a low-speed impact with water. Their deaths were ruled as an accident.
Sadly, Traci's brother Billy was murdered in 2007. Her father William passed away in 2010.
- Traci and Bill on Unsolved Archive
- TV program to explore mysterious disappearance of York couple's niece
- Jeep Of Missing Man Found In Water
- Remains Are Those Of Missing Pair
- Families accept deaths of missing pair
- 'No indication of foul play'
- Family town struggle with deaths after Edgar shooting
- Bill Rundle at Find a Grave
- Traci Kenley at Find a Grave