Caryn Campbell crime scene location
Crime Scene Location in Aspen, Colorado, United States
This is the location where the body of Caryn Campbell was found.
On January 12th, 1975, serial killer Ted Bundy managed to abduct the 23-year-old from the Wildwood Inn in Snowmass Village.
Roughly one month later, a local worker was driving along Owl Creek Road when she noticed that something on an adjoining snowbank was attracting the attention of nearby birds.
After getting out of her vehicle to take a closer look, she soon realized that the birds were hovering around a frozen human corpse.
Using dental records, the police determined that the remains belonged to Campbell, who had mysteriously vanished from Snowmass Village.
The postmortem examination revealed that her skull had sustained three heavy fractures.
Although we will never know for sure how Bundy managed to abduct the young nurse, it is likely that he feigned an injury and asked her to help him carry something back to his vehicle.
At that point, he lured her away from the hotel to a darkened parking lot, where he struck her over the head and then quickly bundled her into his Volkswagen Bug.
At the time of her disappearance, it was long past sunset, and the temperatures had dropped significantly. Therefore, it stands to reason that the parking lot in question was pretty deserted.
Campbell was from a town called Dearborn, which lies to the west of Detroit, Michigan. Shortly before her murder, she had traveled to Colorado with her fiance and his two children.
The last confirmed sighting of her was in the corridor on the second floor of the inn, when she stepped off the elevator while she was en route to her room.
According to her fiance, she had left the lobby and ventured upstairs because she wanted to grab a magazine. Because the magazine remained untouched, it is likely that she never made it that far.
Notably, she was last seen in an open corridor that overlooks the pool area at the Wildwood Inn. This raises the possibility that Bundy made contact with his victim from below.
For example, she may have spotted him fumbling around on crutches and offered to help. That or he simply called out to her for assistance.
Sadly, it seems as though Campbell fell for one of Bundy's ruses and was lured to her death. After beating and raping the 23-year-old, he strangled her in his Volkswagen. He then drove for three miles before he hastily discarded her body on the side of Owl Creek Road.
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Where was Caryn Campbell's body found?
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Owl Creek Road
The site is situated between Snowmass Village and Aspen. It is roughly 250 yards east of the Tom Blake trailhead. It lies a few feet to the north of the Owl Creek trail.
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Owl Creek Road
This is an aerial image of the area where a local worker discovered the frozen remains of Caryn Campbell.
It is exactly 3.1 miles away from the Wildwood Inn in Snowmass Village.
We have circled the exact location in red.
Shortly after raping and murdering the 23-year-old, Bundy drove eastward before stopping at this section of Owl Creek Road.
He then lifted her body out of his car and threw it down the bank.
At the time, it was bitterly cold, and the area was covered in snow. Consequently, he did not put much effort into concealing her remains.
Campbell had been staying at the Wildwood Inn
This Google Street View image of the Wildwood Inn was taken in August of 2019.
On the night of January 12th, 1975, Campbell was staying at this hotel with her fiancé, Dr. Raymond Gadowski, and his two children.
Gadowski was a cardiologist who was planning on attending a medical conference in Aspen.
Sensing the opportunity to turn the work trip into a skiing vacation, he decided to bring Campbell and his two kids.
Following his fiancée's disappearance, Gadowski waited at the Wildwood Inn for a week in the hope that she would return.
Sadly, that never happened.
Gadowski remarried a couple of years later. He passed away in February of 2022 at the age of 78.
This satellite image highlights the distance involved.
The Wildwood Inn is 3.1 miles away from the location where Campell's remains were discovered.
The couple had arrived at the inn just one day before she went missing.
After Bundy dumped her body at the side of the road, local animals dragged it further down the bank.
These days, the hotel is called the Wildwood Lodge.
This Google Street View image from the southern side of the property shows how the open walkways to the rooms overlook the pool area in the middle.
As you can see, Campbell was walking along an exterior hotel corridor. Therefore, it is possible that Bundy made contact with her from below.
There are a number of small parking lots on the western side of the hotel.
After finding one that suited his "needs", he wandered over towards the hotel to troll for his next victim.
Notably, this area did not have any street lighting. Furthermore, the freezing temperatures had driven most people indoors for the night.
This gave Bundy the perfect opportunity to ambush Campbell.
The autopsy report showed that the young nurse suffered a number of serious head injuries. The most plausible explanation for this is that Bundy immediately struck her over the head with a heavy object as soon as they reached his vehicle.
This aerial image shows how close the hotel is to the adjoining parking lots.
As you can see, he had a number of options to choose from.
Once Campbell agreed to help Bundy, it would have been a relatively short walk to his vehicle.
This would explain why the 23-year-old seemingly vanished without a trace.
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