Lake Sammamish state park.
Crime Scene Location in Issaquah, Washington, United States.
On July 14th, 1974, serial killer Ted Bundy abducted two women from Lake Sammamish state park in Issaquah, Washington.
That afternoon, Bundy approached Janice Ann Ott (23) and Denise Marie Naslund (19) in broad daylight and asked them to help him unload a sailboat at his parents' house. He explained that his arm was injured and that he was unable to unload it by himself. He also claimed that his parents' house was "just up the hill".
The abductions of Ott and Naslund occurred separately, just four hours apart. On both of these occasions, he convinced his victim to get into his Volkswagen Bug and accompany him to his "sailboat".
In reality, there was no boat. Nor did Bundy have a sore arm. At the beginning of his murder spree, Bundy quickly learned that he could prey on young women by taking advantage of their kind and helpful nature.
Once his victims got into his car, it is likely that he immediately drove them to a secluded site in Issaquah. This is the same site where Ott and Naslund's skeletal remains were discovered roughly two months later.
Janice Ann Ott was abducted at around 12.30 p.m. Three and a half hours after her abduction, Bundy returned to Lake Sammamish to look for a second victim.
At roughly 4.30 p.m., he approached Denise Naslund by the restrooms and successfully employed the exact same ruse.
During the investigation into the disappearance of Ott and Naslund, it emerged that a man calling himself "Ted" had approached multiple women at Lake Sammamish that afternoon.
Where were Janice Ott and Denise Naslund abducted?
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Lake Sammamish map.
This aerial map of Lake Sammamish state park shows the exact locations where Bundy approached Janice Ott and Denise Naslund. It also pinpoints the general area where Bundy's Volkswagen Bug was parked.
He approached Ott at 12.30 p.m. while she was sunbathing on the beach. Then, four hours later, he lured Naslund away from the restrooms by the parking lot.
These days, the restroom in question no longer exists.
Early that afternoon, Ted Bundy approached 22-year-old Janice Graham at the bandstand area. According to Graham, he was wearing a beige sling.
After politely saying hello and introducing himself, he asked the young woman if she could help him load a sailboat onto his car.
After she agreed to help, the pair walked over towards the parking lot. During the short 100 meter journey, the man stopped three times to hold his arm, which he claimed had been injured playing racket ball.
Once they reached Bundy's tan-colored Volkswagen Bug in the parking lot, she realized that there was no boat. At that stage, he motioned toward the passenger side door and explained that it was at his parents' house. In his words, it was "just up the hill".
However, Janice told him that she could not go with him because she was supposed to meet her husband and parents.
At that stage, Bundy replied, "Oh, that's OK. I should have told you that it wasn't in the parking lot." He then accompanied Janice back towards the bandstand before apologizing again and veering off towards the right.
It was at that point that he approached Janice Ott while she lay sunbathing on the beach.
The park was extremely busy that day.
Roughly 40,000 people visited Lake Sammamish state park that afternoon.
It was sunny and the temperature ranged between 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. This nice weather provided people with a much-needed break from the typical damp and gloomy climate of the Pacific Northwest.
An off-duty D.E.A agent called Kelly Snyder was on the beach that day. He was close enough to witness Bundy approaching Janice Ott.
"I noticed a guy that was walking down the beach. A young man. Probably in his mid-to-late twenties. He was wearing white shorts and they had a red stripe, which immediately caught my eye.
When he got close, I noticed he had really curly hair and his left arm was in a sling. It piqued my interest because every time he approached a woman, or a group of two or three women, he was getting turned down.
And I just kept watching him and he eventually ended up being right in front of me, where he approached a young girl.
She was a young and attractive blonde girl. And he asked her... words to the effect of... 'I need some help.' She's saying that she just got here...
So obviously, going through her mind is 'I'd like to help you out, but I'm here to relax.' He kept on and on and on, and he talks her into whatever he talked her into. He said something about a catamaran.
And ultimately, she gets up... reluctantly... because her head is down and she is like 'I can't believe I'm doing this.' And then she started walking back past me. She had this frown on her face, like, 'I'm helping this guy when I should be enjoying myself on the beach.'
And the end the result is she's no longer with us because she was a nice person."
The police arrive at Lake Sammamish.
At around 4.30 p.m., Denise Naslund went to the restroom by the parking lot and never returned. It wasn't long before her boyfriend and friends realized that something was wrong.
Because a number of women had recently gone missing in the Seattle area, everyone was well aware that a predator was on the loose.
For example, only 34 days prior, university student Georgann Hawkins had seemingly vanished from the alley beside her sorority house.
Although a number of photographs show the police at Lake Sammamish on July 14th, 1974, they were not there because of the abductions. They were actually responding to reports that a group of bikers were disturbing the peace.
Denise Naslund and Janice Ott were not officially reported missing until the following day.
This map from the King County Sheriff's Office pinpoints the exact locations where Bundy approached several women.
Besides Ott and Naslund, he also approached Janice Graham, Sylvia Valint, Sonia Siebenbaum, Patricia Turner and Jacqueline Plischke.
A number of other sources place Janice Ott's location in the middle of the park, between the concession stand and the parking lot. However, both this map and several witness statements indicate that she was actually on the beach. It is possible that someone confused Ott's location with the area where Bundy left Janice Graham.
The following is an excerpt from a police report:
At about 12:30 hours, Sylvia Valint was laying on the beach at the park with her two friends. Jerry Snyder was about 15 feet from Valint with his wife. Theresa Sharp was with her family about 10 feet from Valint. They were all on the beach, about 200 yards directly in front of the east restroom. The above three witnesses all observed Janice Ott arrive on the beach and position herself between them.
It would have taken roughly 10-15 minutes to drive between the state park and the dump site at Issaquah. The route in question is about four miles long.
Did Bundy kill Janice Ott and Denise Naslund at the same time?
Bundy's decision to kidnap two women within four hours of each other was a brazen deviation from the norm.
Because of this, many authors have speculated that he was aiming to "increase his high" by attacking two women at the same time. In other words, he may have incapacitated Ott, gagged her, and then returned to the park to search for a second victim.
Although Bundy did imply that one had to watch the other die, this was during one of his third-person pseudo-confessions. We also know that Ted was a narcissist and a habitual liar who loved to paint himself as a daring and highly intelligent serial killer.
Therefore, we need to be extremely careful about taking his word as fact.
It is possible that he tied Ott to a tree and then left her there. The area in question was pretty secluded, and it is unlikely that someone would have happened across her, especially if she was gagged.
Another plausible theory is that Bundy murdered Ott before he returned to Lake Sammamish. There is a noticeable gap between the abduction of Ott at 12.30 p.m. and Bundy's return to the park at around 4 p.m. If we take into account the length of the journey between the park and the dump site, then it means that he was gone for 2-3 hours.
That seems like a lot of time if the original plan was to kidnap two women and then attack them at the same time.
It is the author's opinion that his decision to hunt for a second victim was driven by other factors. Most likely, an event occurred during the murder of Ott that prevented Bundy from achieving sexual gratification.
This left him so desperate for a "release" that he decided to return to the park to look for another victim.
Image source: USGS
This aerial photograph of the park was taken in 1977.
As you can see, the layout of the park has remained the same.
This location belongs to the following categories:Serial KillersTed Bundy Seattle LocationsTed Bundy Locations
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