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Olympic marathon hopeful Amy Wroe Bechtel vanished 20 years ago and her case is still unsolved

Amy Wroe Bechtel

Talented runner Amy Wroe Bechtel before her disappearance in 1997

Amy Wroe Bechtel was a 24-year-old Olympic Marathon hopeful when she went for a jog in 1997 — never to be seen again.

A graduate of the University of Wyoming — where she met her husband, rock climber Steve Bechtel — Amy had anticipated trying out for the US team for the 2000 Summer Olympics.

But on July 24, 1997, after apparently going for a run in the forest just outside Lander, Wyoming, she vanished.

Her husband reported her disappearance to police at 10pm that night, and a huge search got underway hours later. It was initially thought Amy — whose case features on new Investigation Discovery documentary Missing in the Mountains — may have been attacked by a bear or mountain lion. However police later started looking into her husband as a suspect.

He had an

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Investigation Discovery Revisits the Petit Family Murders More Than 10 Years Later

It’s been more than ten years since Cheshire, CT residents Jennifer Hawke-Petit and kids Hayley and Michaela were murdered in cold blood by two men who broke into the family home in the middle of the night and held them hostage for hours. Only the father, Dr. William Petit Jr., survived after having been beaten with a baseball bat and tied to a pole in the basement.

On Monday night’s episode of People Magazine Investigates on Investigation Discovery, People Editor-in-Chief Jess Cagle and Jennifer’s sister, Cynthia Hawke-Renn, recounted a particularly disturbing moment — when Jennifer went to the bank to cash a $15,000 check hoping to pay off her family’s captors.

Petit Family Murders

Dr. William Petit, speaks to the media on Nov. 8, 2010, after a jury sentenced Steven Hayes. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Before taking the money, however, Jennifer managed

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A Look Back at the Scott Peterson Murder Trial: 15 Years Later

Nearly 15 years after the disappearance of Laci Peterson in Modesto, California, it’s a case that continues to baffle a nation.

It was Christmas Eve 2002 when the 27-year-old mom-to-be, more than eight months into her pregnancy, vanished from her seemingly perfect life while walking the family dog. Initially, her husband, Scott Peterson, reported her as a missing person, and their families never suspected he had committed the crime.

So it came as a shock to many when Scott was charged in the disappearance – and ultimately the murder – of his wife. Police became suspicious of the fertilizer salesman due to inconsistencies in his stories, and his calm demeanor throughout the investigation.

Scott Peterson mugshot
Scott Peterson’s mugshot taken on March 17, 2005 in San Quentin, California. California Department of

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Scott Peterson Murder Trial: 15 Years Later – Us Weekly

Nearly 15 years after the disappearance of Laci Peterson in Modesto, California, it’s a case that continues to baffle a nation.

It was Christmas Eve 2002 when the 27-year-old mom-to-be, more than eight months into her pregnancy, vanished from her seemingly perfect life while walking the family dog. Initially, her husband, Scott Peterson, reported her as a missing person, and their families never suspected he had committed the crime.

So it came as a shock to many when Scott was charged in the disappearance – and ultimately the murder – of his wife. Police became suspicious of the fertilizer salesman due to inconsistencies in his stories, and his calm demeanor throughout the investigation.

Scott Peterson mugshot
Scott Peterson’s mugshot taken on March 17, 2005 in San Quentin, California. California Department of

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Linda Jozovich’s murder in Santa Cruz Mountains took almost 28 years to solve

Terry Childs mugshot

Terry Childs murdered Linda Jozovich but it took over 27 years to solve the case

This week Dead Silent examines a cold case that took nearly 28 year to solve, as detectives hunted first for the body and then the killer of teenager Linda Jozovich.

Santa Clara in November 1979 and 19-year-old Linda Jozovich took a break from her sales job at Mervyn’s department store, she was never seen alive again.

For over 15 years no sign of Jozovich was found and her family really thought that they would never find out what happened to her. Then in 1995 a hiker found some remains near the Lexington Reservoir in the Santa Cruz Mountains. A search turned up a skull, ribs and jaw bone parts that were later identified as being that of Jozovich.

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What Happened to the McStays, Who Vanished 3 Years Before They Were Found Buried in the Desert?

In 2010, a picture-perfect family of four vanished without a trace four months after moving into a new house in the San Diego suburb of Fallbrook, California.

Three years later, in November 2013, a motorcyclist stumbled upon a skull in the Mojave Desert and called investigators who — soon after — uncovered two shallow graves containing the remains of a man, a woman and two little boys.

The missing McStay family had been found.

The mystery of who killed them and why will be the focus of Monday night’s episode of People Magazine Investigates on Investigation Discovery.

The disappearance of Joseph McStay, 40, his 43-year-old wife, Summer, and sons Gianni, 4, and Joseph Jr., 3, was largely treated as a missing-persons case until their bodies were discovered in 2013.

As authorities learned, the foursome, who were last seen alive on Feb. 4, 2010, had all been viciously beaten to

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Hemet murder case gets TV spotlight after 30 years

Unusual Suspects / Investigation Discovery TVElizabeth “Betty” Crossman was murdered in Hemet in 1980. The suspect of the crime wasn’t convicted until 2013. ■ Kyle Selby / Reporter Elizabeth “Betty” Crossman, 67, was murdered in Hemet, California in 1980. Now, more than 30 years later, her story received the spotlight once again on Investigation Discovery’s TV series, “Unusual Suspects.” The seventh episode of Season 6 of “Unusual Suspects” entitled “Hometown Homicide” originally aired on March 2, 2014. Betty’s husband, Frank Crossman, found her naked and lifeless body on the bedroom floor of their Hemet home a little before 6 p.m. on Jan. 17, 1980. Betty’s clothing was found on the floor

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American Heroes Channel Premieres UNABOMBER: 20 YEARS OF TERROR, 9/24

American Heroes Channel Premieres UNABOMBER: 20 YEARS OF TERROR, 9/24

For 18 years, Theodore John Kaczynski mailed and planted handmade explosive devices, traumatizing the American people, claiming the lives of three innocent victims and injuring nearly two dozen more. Dubbed the “Unabomber,” Kaczynski eluded authorities in one of the longest-running domestic terror investigations in FBI history. Now, AMERICAN HEROES CHANNEL (AHC) examines the infamous game of cat-and-mouse between law enforcement and Kaczynski in the all-new special, UNABOMBER: 20 YEARS OF TERROR premiering Sunday, September 24 at 10/9c on AHC.

Throughout the hour-long special, UNABOMBER examines the investigation from top to bottom, carefully dissecting Kaczynski’s clever and calculated actions – from his virtually-untraceable devices to his radical anti-technology manifesto to his staggering need for recognition that led to his eventual downfall.

Featuring interviews with multiple of attack victims as well as members of the law enforcement team that doggedly

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Investigation Discovery to feature case of Spartanburg woman who disappeared for six years

A former missing person case in Spartanburg will be featured in an upcoming episode of “Gone” on the Investigation Discovery network next week.

Michele Whitaker disappeared in 2002 without any clues to her whereabouts. Then, on the sixth anniversary of her disappearance, she was found alive.

She has since returned to the area and is living a productive life, said her mother, Laura Andrews.

The episode highlights Andrews’ effort to find answers. An argument between mother and daughter about Whitaker’s rebellious behavior prompted her to leave, according to a statement from Investigation Discovery.

Andrews said by phone this week that Whitaker left because she felt no one would care if she was gone.

“She would sometimes not speak to me in a few days but something told me that it was different. Her not being around even for a few days,

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