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Amy Wroe Bechtel disappearance site (updated with photos)

Here’s a map containing some key markers related to Amy’s disappearance.

Marked are the locations of Amy’s car, the found pen and confirmed cadaver dog indications in the area. (Those dog hits were made several years later)

The ‘Burnt Gulch Road’ is a local reference to Forest Service Road #305.

If you play with the map, you’ll see that Burnt Gulch itself runs about two miles from Forest Service Road #352 south to the marshy beaver ponds at the base of Meyer Outlook (which is the highest point in the area). The only camping in Burnt Gulch is in the area near where the Eaton family site is reported to have been.

The distance between Amy’s car and the Eaton site along the forest service road is about 1 mile.

There’s some sort of hosting problem with the original map… here’s a temporary while I work on re-creating a more detailed version:

Here’s a 3D view of the area (via Google Earth)

Amy was apparently in the area planning a new 10k road race on the day she disappeared. The #3001K turnoff at Frye Lake is 6.4 miles (almost exactly 10k) from the Louis Lake Road parking area. It’s a near perfect 10k race route from the parking area, up the switchbacks, and down the stretch along the lake. Yet Amy’s car found 2.5 miles further down the road.

For more information on suspected serial killer Dale Wayne Eaton, listen to Season 1 – Episode 2


Thanks to local journalist Jerrad Anderson for providing these photos of the area.

For added perspective, here is where Amy’s car was found (left) and the meadow searched by the sheriff’s department following cadaver dog indications.

(Circled landmark is Meyer Lookout, the area’s highest point)

This is the Frye Lake parking area (finish line of Amy’s planned 10k race)

General area where the pen was found.

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Was the pen found near the Louis Lake Road parking area? Was it found between the parking area and where her car was found? Thanks for the map, it really helps to visualize. I wish every podcast put one together.


I was an anonymous runner at that time Running the “loop road” As well as the ” nature trail” and the Bruce’s bridge, sheep trail run/jog” Back then These trails were slightly marked and yet safe with prominent , easy access parking. Bottom line I always thought it was Very Weird Amy was configuring a 10 K From a destination, frankly, so deep, and such a hard drive up the loop rad… Which at that time was not paved and rigorous. A 10 k would typically have been arranged at an easier access, starting point, parking area, say Bruce’s Bridge… Read more »


I was watching this episode on Disappeared. When her husband is interviewed on the Today show. It shows a clip where he responds to the question “ did you anything to do with Amy’s disappearance?” He unknowingly nods his head yes as he says no. I think it’s a little suspicious considering it’s an involuntary movement and reaction. Just a thought.


I only know about this case from Disappeared and had just watched the police footage and body language analysis of Chris Lewis and the murder of his wife & kids. I agree, that Steve does a clear subconscious/involuntary nod ‘yes’ and then denies he knows anything. It alarmed me that much that I sort out a forum to see if anyone else had picked up on this and whether the case had been solved.

Kassi Keyser

I am starting to think that she or her skeletal remains are out there along that trail or in the wilderness (looks like a lot of lost space that would easily hide a body).

Old climber

I knew the late Todd Skinner, who raced to organize the search team from not just ordinary citizens, but a group of world-class mountain athletes. They were probably able to search in twelve hours what an average crew would cover in a week. Indeed, from a Runner’s World article, “…day four when Todd Skinner, scouring a remote canyon, comes upon footprints in a cave by a creek. The footprints match the shoes Amy had been wearing. There’s evidence of a campfire. Feverish with excitement, Skinner scrambles 7 hours out of the canyon to report his findings. The hope proves short-lived.… Read more »


I agree with Old Climber. I lost an aunt in a random unsolved murder many years ago. Her wonderful husband was never named or even questioned as a suspect as far as I know, but I think they just kind of stopped with the theory that it somehow had to be him. The same police force was good enough to resolve the 40 year old disappearance of Katherine and Sheila Lyon. But police tend to have blinders when it comes to the death of a spouse or partner. To their credit they acknowledge they didn’t conduct a very thorough investigation.… Read more »


She is living in Colordo Springs Colorado. She goes by the name Joy Fox. Called the investigators on the case the ver a year ago and they never followed up.

Annoyed at annoyed

They didn’t follow up because that’s a lousy tip. Investigators aren’t going to go out of their way at this stage in the investigation for a tip that can’t be easily verified. And even if it WAS her, people are allowed to go missing.

I have lived here most of my life and I know the area where she disappeared well. I have hunted and fished in that area for over 50 years. At first I thought maybe she had run into a mountain lion or possibly a bear but dismissed that thought when no trace was found of her. That lead me to believe that she was no longer in that area and that she had been taken to another location. When I heard that Eaton was in the area at the same time as Amy, it all fit. I believe he kidnapped… Read more »

Southern Climber

Great job on the podcast and map. I just came across this story after researching Steve Bechtel. I’ve been following his logical training progression, and wanted to know a few more details about the man since I’ve dedicated so much time to his training plan. A 5 minute Wikipedia search turned into a 2 day rabbit hole… Such a burden he has carried all these years and then the loss of Todd Skinner. Was the Eaton hunting camp burned down as well? It looks like a pile of rocks and dirt on google maps. How was a hunting camp legally… Read more »