The site where Ted Bundy dumped the body of Caryn Campbell

Crime Scene Location in Aspen, Colorado

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Caryn Campbell: Crime scene location

This is the site where Ted Bundy dumped the body of Caryn Campbell.

It is located on Owl Creek Road in Aspen, Colorado.

On January 12th, 1975, Bundy abducted Campbell 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.

Owl Creek Road in Aspen, Colorado
The dump site in October 2012.

After getting out of her vehicle and taking a closer look, she saw 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.

Caryn Eilene Campbell
Caryn Eileen Campbell was born in Garden City, Michigan, on September 20th, 1951. She was 23 years old at the time of her death.

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 to his vehicle.

When Campbell agreed to help, he lured her away from the hotel to a darkened parking lot, where he struck her over the head and 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 lot in question was pretty deserted.

Wildwood Inn parking lot
One of the parking lots on the western side of the Wildwood Inn.

Campbell was from a town called Dearborn, which lies to the west of Detroit, Michigan. One day before the murder, she had traveled to Colorado with her fiancé, Dr. Raymond Gadowski, 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.

Gadowski said that she left the lobby and went upstairs to get a magazine. Because the magazine remained untouched, it is likely that she never made it that far.

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.

Wildwood Inn in Snowmass
The corridors and rooms overlook a pool area. It is possible that Bundy made contact with Campbell 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 and asked for assistance.

It seems as though Campbell fell for one of Bundy's ruses and was lured to her death.

Caryn Campbell murder
Bundy had a number of parking lots to choose from. Once Campbell agreed to help him, it would have been a relatively short walk to his vehicle. This would explain why she seemingly vanished into thin air.

After beating and raping the 23-year-old, he strangled her to death in his Volkswagen. He then drove for three miles before hastily discarding her body on the side of Owl Creek Road.

Caryn Campbell crime scene location

The address and the GPS coordinates for this location are as follows:


Owl Creek Road, Aspen, Colorado, CO 81611, USA


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GPS coordinates

The latitude and longitude coordinates for the site are:

39.210411, -106.909753


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

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.

Crime scene

Caryn Campbell

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

Wildwood Inn

This Google Street View image of the Wildwood Inn was taken in August 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 attending a medical conference in Aspen.

Realizing 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 few years later. In February 2022, he passed away at the age of 78.



This satellite image highlights the distance involved.

Newspaper clipping

Newspaper clipping

The couple had arrived at the inn just one day before she went missing.

Animal destruction

Caryn Campbell newspaper article

After Bundy dumped her body at the side of the road, local animals dragged it further down the bank.

Wildwood Lodge

Wildwood Lodge

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.

Parking lots

Parking lot

There are a number of small parking lots on the western side of the hotel.

Judging by his modus operandi during the murders of Georgann Hawkins and Susan Rancourt, it is likely that Bundy strategically parked his Volkswagen Bug in the most secluded spot that he could find.

After finding one that suited his "needs", he wandered over towards the hotel to search for his next victim.

This area did not have any street lighting in 1975. 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.

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