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The high school where Ted Bundy abducted Debra Kent.

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Debra Kent - Crime scene location.

This is the high school parking lot where Ted Bundy abducted 17-year-old Debra Jean Kent.

On the night of November 8th, 1974, Debra and her parents were watching a play at Viewmont High School in Bountiful. However, the play started 20 minutes later than expected.

Consequently, Debra's father asked her to take the family car and pick up her younger brother Bill from a nearby skating rink.

After an hour had passed, Debra's parents started to grow anxious.

Their daughter had still not returned.

At that point, they decided to go outside and find a pay phone.

As her parents were looking for a phone, they noticed that the family car was still in the school parking lot.

Immediately, panic began to set in. They knew that this was extremely out of character for their daughter. Debra would never take off and leave her family in the lurch. She was the type of girl who would call if she was going to be 15 minutes late.

The search for Debra Jean Kent.

Soon afterwards, it emerged that their son, Bill, was still at the skating rink.

Debra had never left the school.

That night, a search of the high school took place. Each room was opened to make sure that the teenager was not locked inside. Debra's family and friends also searched some of the hills around Bountiful.

Unfortunately, there was no trace of the missing teenager. It seemed as though she had vanished into thin air.

Initially, the police told Debra's mother that they could not begin searching until 24 hours had passed. At the time, they assumed that she was a teenage runaway.

However, they were soon pressured into taking action.

Handcuff key.

The following day, the police investigated the parking lot. Although they found no signs of a struggle, they did discover a handcuff key on the ground outside of the auditorium. Soon after, it emerged that this key was a perfect fit for the handcuffs that Bundy had used while attempting to abduct Carol DaRonch earlier that day.

Although detectives had no clue who Ted Bundy was at that time, they quickly realized that they were dealing with the same attacker.

Witness accounts.

According to several eyewitnesses, a man matching Bundy's description was lurking around the auditorium that evening. On two separate occasions, this man approached women and asked them if they could come outside and help him identify a car in the parking lot.

However, both of these women sensed that something was "off" about the man and politely declined. According to one teacher whom he repeatedly tried to lure outside, he had a "nervousness" about him that made her feel uncomfortable. Furthermore, she did not like the way he was staring at her. Consequently, she told him that she was too busy to help.

According to other witnesses, they heard a woman screaming in the parking lot around the same time that Debra Kent left the auditorium. Furthermore, another person came forward and claimed that they saw a Volkswagen Bug speeding away from the school.

Despite all of these eyewitness accounts, the police were still no closer to figuring out where Debra was or who abducted her.

Her remains are discovered.

Ted Bundy became the prime suspect behind Kent's disappearance after he was arrested for the abduction of Carol DaRonch in 1975. However, the police did not have enough evidence to charge him with the crime.

As the years passed by, it seemed increasingly unlikely that the young girl's remains would ever be found.

Then, on the eve of his execution in 1989, Ted Bundy finally confessed to murdering the missing teenager.

According to Bundy, he took the 17-year-old back to his apartment in Salt Lake City. After "keeping her for a while," he then murdered her and dumped her body at a site in Fairview Canyon.

Following a search of the area, authorities discovered a human bone belonging to a kneecap. In 2015, a DNA test officially confirmed that the bone belonged to Debra.

Where was Debra Jean Kent abducted?

Below, you will find the address and the GPS coordinates for this location.

GPS Coordinates.

The GPS coordinates for the school are as follows.

  • Latitude: 40.900094
  • Longitude: -111.883417

Map.

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Address.

The full address for this location is:

Viewmont High School
120 West 1000 North
Bountiful
Utah
UT 84010
United States

Directions.

The entrance is about 500 feet east of the intersection between West 1000 North and North 200 West.

Details about the general area.

Bountiful is a small commuter town that lies to the north of Salt Lake City. The high school itself is just minutes away from Interstate 15 and U.S. Route 89.

Trivia and other information.

  • Debra's parents left the porch light on for four years after she went missing.
  • Her disappearance devastated the Kent family. Debra's younger brother, Bill, blamed himself and died in an alcohol-related accident at the age of 26. Following Bill's death, Debra's father started drinking and eventually walked out on his marriage.

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Debra Kent.

Debra Kent

According to her missing person poster, she was 5 feet 1 and weighed 110 lbs. The 17-year-old had an oval face, long brown hair, and brown eyes.

Debra was the oldest of five siblings, and she planned on becoming a social worker before her life was cut short.

Her family described her as being a caring "mother hen" who was so generous that she sometimes paid the parking meters of complete strangers.

Fairview Canyon.

Debra Kent - Fairview Canyon location.

Image source: hiimted.blog

This is the area where Bundy buried Debra's remains. The site is roughly 1.5 miles east of a small town called Fairview. According to Bundy's confession tape, he drove his Volkswagen Bug onto a steep dirt road that "wound up to the left." After reviewing satellite images and comparing them against police photographs of the search area, we believe that this is the dirt road in question.

This site is 105 miles away from the high school where Debra was abducted.

In his interview, Bundy stated that he buried Debra Kent's remains about 3 feet deep. He then attempted to cover them by using heavy rocks.

In 1989, a police search team discovered a human patella at the site. 26 years later, DNA testing confirmed that the bone belonged to the missing teenager.

Coordinates: 39.645819, -111.406670

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Viewmont High School.

Viewmont High School.

Debra's car was parked in a lot on the west side of the school. This is also the area where investigators discovered the handcuff key.

Remodel.

Remodel.

Although the high school was remodeled between 2016 and 2018, the parking lot looks pretty similar to how it originally did back in 1974.

Raelynn Shepherd.

Raelynn Shepherd.

Raelynn Shepherd was a drama teacher at Viewmont High School. According to Shepherd, Bundy approached her and attempted to lure her out into the parking lot. Despite his insistence, she declined his advances and told him that she was too busy.

Raelynn claims that she saw him again in the auditorium at around 22:45. His hair was messed up and he was breathing heavily.

It is important to note that this was roughly 20-30 minutes after Debra walked out of the play to collect her brother.

If Raelynn Shepherd's recollection is correct, then it is possible that Bundy incapacitated Debra, put her in his car, and then returned to the auditorium.

Bundy's motivations for doing such a thing are unclear. For example, he may have been attempting to create an alibi for himself by appearing in public directly after the attack. A far darker explanation is that he was looking for a second victim.

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