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The location where Ted Bundy abducted Susan Rancourt.

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Susan Rancourt - Crime scene location.

On April 17th, 1974, Susan Elaine Rancourt was walking back to her dorm on the Central Washington University campus in Ellensburg when she was abducted by serial killer Ted Bundy.

That night, the young college student left a resident advisor meeting at Munson Hall and proceeded to walk northward towards her dorm building.

However, as the 18-year-old was making her way past the campus library, a man in a sling dropped a number of packages and books in front of her.

When Susan noticed that this "injured" man was struggling to carry his belongings, she offered to help. The stranger accepted her offer and expressed his appreciation.

After she gathered his books together and picked them up off the ground, the man informed her that his car was just around the corner.

Although she may have felt anxious about following a complete stranger across the campus at night, it is likely that she felt pressured into doing so. By that stage, she had already committed herself to helping him. As a result, she would have found it very difficult to back out and say no.

Unfortunately for Susan Rancourt, this stranger wasn't really injured. Nor was he a student at CWU. The man in question was Ted Bundy; a sexual predator who had spent the evening trolling around the college library for his next victim.

Earlier that day, Bundy intentionally parked his Volkswagen Bug in a poorly-lit area that was roughly 150 yards northeast of Bouillon Library.

After following Bundy up North Chestnut Street, Susan leaned into his vehicle and attempted to place his belongings on one of the seats. However, as she was bending over, Bundy quickly hit her on the top of the head with a crowbar or tire iron.

Once his target had been incapacitated, he lifted her body into his Volkswagen and immediately took off. Nearly one year later, her skull was discovered in a forested area on Taylor Mountain.

Where was Susan Elaine Rancourt abducted?

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

GPS Coordinates.

The GPS coordinates for the parking lot are as follows.

  • Latitude: 47.002465
  • Longitude: -120.537215

Map.

Open 47.002465, -120.537215 in Google Maps to view directions on how to get there.

Address.

The full address for this location is:

Central Washington University campus
North Walnut Street
Ellensburg
Washington
WA 98926
United States

Directions.

The parking lot is at the end of North Chestnut Street. It is about 200 feet away from Black Hall.

Photos.

Photos of the parking lot and other related images.


Aerial image.

Susan Rancourt Ellensburg

This aerial photograph of the CWU campus in Ellensburg is from November of 1964. Although Rancourt's abduction took place ten years after this image was taken, the layout of the campus was pretty similar at the time.

As you can see, Bundy's car was parked on the northern side of a railway trestle that cut through the campus.

The purple rectangle indicates the general area where Bundy approached Susan Rancourt. The pathway in question is on the western side of Bouillon Hall.

Map.

Susan Rancourt crime scene

This map shows the route that Susan Elaine Rancourt took on that fateful night.

At around 10 p.m., she left the meeting at Munson Hall and walked along the pathway on the western side of Bouillon Library.

After agreeing to follow the "injured" Bundy to his Volkswagen Bug, the pair cut between Black Hall and Bouillon Library before heading north along North Chestnut Street.

At the time, Black Hall was a much smaller building. It wasn't until 1998 that it was extended and tripled in size.

The parking lot where Susan Rancourt was abducted.

Parking lot

A Google Street View image of the general area where Bundy abducted Susan Rancourt. Back in 1974, there was a railway trestle in this area. It was one of the darkest locations on the campus.

University Way.

University Way

A Google Street View image of University Way, which Susan was walking along when Bundy intercepted her.

That evening, Bundy had a fake sling and was trolling around this area for a victim.

Coordinates: 46.999960, -120.539312

Google Maps link.

Munson Hall.

Munson Hall

On April 17th, 1974, Susan Rancourt was attending a meeting at Munson Hall on East University Way. The meeting was for students who were interested in becoming resident advisors.

The meeting finished at roughly 10 p.m.

After the meeting finished, Susan planned on walking back to her dorm at Barto Hall, which was about 0.4 miles away.

Sadly, she never made it back.

Coordinates: 46.999637, -120.539786

Google Maps link.

Bundy attempted to use the same ruse on others.

Ted Bundy Ellensburg

This newspaper clipping is from August 27th, 1974. It was published roughly one year before Ted Bundy was arrested in Utah.

Shortly before Rancourt went missing, Bundy attempted the same ruse on another coed. Although the young woman agreed to help Bundy carry his books to his car, she eventually grew suspicious of him and decided to leave.

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