The campus where Roberta Parks was abducted.
Crime Scene Location in Corvallis, Oregon, United States.
This is the location where serial killer Ted Bundy abducted Roberta Kathleen Parks.
On the night of May 6th, 1974, "Kathy" Parks was seen walking towards the Memorial Union building on the OSU campus in Corvallis.
According to a female student who stopped to talk with her on Jefferson Way, Roberta was planning on going to the cafeteria to get a hot fudge sundae.
After some light conversation, the two said their goodbyes and continued on their journeys.
Sadly, that was the last time anyone saw the young college student alive. Roughly nine months later, the 20-year-old's skull was discovered at Ted Bundy's dumpsite on Taylor Mountain.
At the time of her disappearance, Roberta was having mental health issues. She was also going through relationship problems with her boyfriend.
To make matters even worse, her father had recently suffered a heart attack.
All in all, she was going through an extremely tough time.
According to her doctors, the young woman was depressed and capable of running away. She was also at risk of suicide.
Because of all this, the authorities initially surmised that she had disappeared on her own accord.
At the time, everyone was aware that women were going missing from Washington state. However, the closest victim, Donna Manson, had vanished from a campus that was more than 200 miles north of Corvallis. It seemed unlikely that the predator who was targeting co-eds in the Seattle area would venture so far south.
As a result, there was no longer any doubt that her disappearance was related to the other cases.
Roberta Parks had been abducted, murdered and then dumped in a forested area that was a four-hour drive away from the OSU campus.
Shortly after saying goodbye to her friend, she was approached by Ted Bundy. After introducing himself to Kathy, he somehow managed to trick her into accompanying him to his vehicle. At that point, it is likely that he ambushed her and struck her over the head.
Roberta Parks was not the first victim to fall into one of Bundy's traps. She also wasn't the last.
Sadly, Bundy claimed seventeen more lives before he was arrested for the final time in 1978.
Where was Roberta Parks abducted?
Below, you will find the address and the GPS coordinates for this location.
The GPS coordinates for the campus are as follows.
- Latitude: 44.565183
- Longitude: -123.278914
Open 44.565183, -123.278914 in Google Maps to view directions on how to get there.
The full address for this location is:
2501 SW Jefferson Way
The building is situated on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.
Photos of the campus and other related images.
Kathy Parks' route.
This aerial image shows the route that Kathy Parks took that night.
She left her dorm at Sackett Hall at around 11 p.m. Shortly afterwards, she stopped to speak to another student named Lorraine Fargo. Their conversation took place at the corner of Jefferson Way and 26th Street (College Way).
Note that the main entrance to Memorial Union is actually on the northern side of the building (at the back). Therefore, she would have walked a few feet up College Way before turning right.
The spot where Roberta was last seen.
This is a Google Street View image of the corner of Jefferson Way and 26th Street. The blue arrow indicates the general area where Roberta Parks was last seen. The Memorial Union building was just a few yards away. After talking to Lorraine Fargo, Roberta would have turned left onto College Way.
During a conversation about what the killer might have done, Bundy "speculated" that he approached Roberta in the cafeteria and convinced her to accompany him to a local bar. He then drove her out to a remote location and attacked her.
However, there are some question marks hanging over this story.
Firstly, it wasn't a confession. At the time, Ted was still claiming that he was innocent. As a result, his "theories" about what the killer "might have done" were almost certainly riddled with lies.
Bundy was well aware that investigators would comb through his interviews with author Stephen Michaud for clues. Therefore, it is likely that he purposely attempted to mislead them at certain points.
Secondly, there were no sightings of the 20-year-old at the cafeteria.
Last but not least, the commons area in the Memorial Union building was closed at 11 p.m. on Mondays. Because Roberta left her dorm at around 11 p.m., there was very little time for her to buy a hot fudge sundae, sit down, and then be approached.
The most likely scenario is that Bundy approached Roberta outside of the Memorial Union building.
In both of those cases, he strategically parked his Volkswagen Bug in dark parking lots that were pretty empty at night.
He also used a fake injury ruse during the abductions of Janice Ott and Denise Naslund at Lake Sammamish.
Therefore, it stands to reason that he employed a similar strategy with Kathy Parks.
Coordinates: 44.564581, -123.279954
Memorial Union building.
This is an aerial image of the northern side of the Memorial Union building.
After speaking to Lorraine, Parks would have walked up College Way and turned to her right.
It is plausible that Bundy was hanging around this area at the time. If so, it is likely that he was wearing a fake sling or using crutches.
At the time of her disappearance, Kathy was living in one of the dorm rooms at Sackett Hall.
Inset is a photograph of her boyfriend, Christy McPhee. According to friends, Christy was pushing for more commitment. However, Kathy wasn't ready and was planning on breaking things off with him.
Coordinates: 44.564975, -123.283527
Oregon State University.
This aerial photograph of Oregon State University was taken in August of 1977.
As you can see, there were a number of parking lots in the area.
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