The school where Kimberly Leach was abducted.
Crime Scene Location in Lake City, Florida, United States.
This is the location where serial killer Ted Bundy abducted 12-year-old Kimberly Dianne Leach.
On the morning of February 9th, 1978, Kimberly left her gym class in the auditorium and walked across to her homeroom, where she had mistakenly left her purse.
After retrieving it, the young girl headed back towards the auditorium, which was only 250 feet away.
Despite the short distance, she never made it back to her gym class. As Kimberly Leach was walking across the school campus, Ted Bundy seemingly spotted his opportunity and decided to approach her.
Although we will never know the exact details of what happened that morning, it is likely that Bundy lured the 12-year-old back to his stolen media van using some sort of ruse. During one of his third-person pseudo-confessions in prison, Bundy "speculated" that the killer approached Kimberly and told her that one of her family members had been in an accident.
On the morning of her abduction, Kim was wearing a football jersey with her name on the back of it. If Bundy saw this jersey and called her name, it might have added weight to his story that he had been sent there to collect her.
At that point, it is likely that he quickly ushered her across the campus towards West Duval Street, where his van was parked.
Shortly before Leach disappeared, another student noticed a man fitting Bundy's description standing on West Duval Street. This tells us that he was most likely trolling around the grounds of Lake City Junior High that morning in search of his next victim.
Roughly two months after the young girl went missing, a Florida Highway Patrol trooper discovered her decomposed remains underneath an abandoned hog shed in Suwannee River State Park.
Following Bundy's arrest in Pensacola, it was determined that he had assaulted and murdered Leach in his van. A large blood stain on the carpet in the back proved to be a match with her blood type. Investigators also discovered fibers from Kim and Bundy's clothing.
The cause of death was "violence to the neck area" and a large amount of bleeding. The prosecution team were of the opinion that Bundy cut his victim's throat using a hunting knife that he purchased the day before.
On February 7th, 1980, Ted Bundy was found guilty of the murder of Kimberly Leach. Three days later, he was sentenced to death.
Kimberly Leach's school.
Below, you will find the address and the GPS coordinates for this location.
The GPS coordinates for the school are as follows.
- Latitude: 30.189034
- Longitude: -82.641365
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The full address for this location is:
Lake City Junior High
372 West Duval Street
The former school is about 0.1 miles west of the intersection between Main Boulevard and Duval Street.
Photos of the school and other related images.
Lake City Junior High.
This is an aerial image of 372 West Duval Street. Back in 1978, this was the home of Lake City Junior High School.
The yellow line illustrates the route that Kimberly Leach was taking when Bundy approached her. At the time, the van that he had stolen from Florida State University was parked on West Duval Street.
The young girl had to retrieve her purse from her homeroom in the main elementary building. However, it seems as though she was intercepted while she returning to the auditorium.
At around 9.20 a.m., Bundy walked across this section of the school campus. After convincing Kim to leave with him, he led her back to his van on Duval Street.
When the 12-year-old failed to return to the auditorium, her PE teacher presumed that she had gone to her next class.
However, her friends started to realize that something was wrong when she didn't show up at their designated meeting spot.
Kim was a shy young girl and an honor student. She would never skip class or leave the school campus without permission.
The hog shed.
On April 7th, 1978, Kimberly Leach's decomposed remains were discovered in an abandoned hog shed in Suwannee River State Park.
At that stage, she had been missing for nearly two months.
The site in question is 40 miles northwest of the school where she was abducted.
A poem for Kimberly.
Kimberly's friend Lisa Little read out the poem above during her funeral.
This location belongs to the following categories.Crime ScenesSerial KillersTed Bundy Florida LocationsTed Bundy Locations
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