The site where Ted Bundy dumped the remains of Melissa Smith.
Crime Scene Location in Park City, Utah, United States.
On October 18th, 1974, serial killer Ted Bundy abducted 17-year-old Melissa Smith from Midvale in Utah.
Nine days later, two deer hunters discovered Smith's naked remains on this hillside in Summit Park. A stocking was tied around her neck and she had sustained multiple head injuries.
Bundy had raped, beaten and then strangled the high school student to death. Afterwards, he dragged her body down this hillside and dumped it in some scrub oak.
This site is 23 miles away from the pizza parlor where Melissa Smith was last seen.
Ted Bundy abducted the young girl shortly after she left the parlor on West Center Street in Midvale at around 10 p.m. One unconfirmed report suggests that he may have been asking women in the area to assist him with a car issue.
Melissa was the daughter of Midvale police chief Louis Smith. Her murder took place sixteen days after Nancy Wilcox vanished from the nearby city of Holladay.
That night, Melissa was supposed to be staying over at a friend's house. However, those plans fell through after her friend failed to answer the phone. After realizing that she had been stood up, she decided to leave the parlor and walk back to her home on Fern Drive.
Sadly, she never made it that far. At some point during her journey, it seems as though Bundy managed to intercept the 17-year-old and snatch her off the street.
Where was Melissa Smith's body discovered?
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The site is situated in Summit Park, which is roughly 10 miles to the east of Salt Lake City.
Private property warning.
This is a private property. It is not a public place. Therefore, you should be respectful and not step foot on the property without permission.
This section of the hillside is part of an adjoining property. It is not a public place. Please respect the owners by remaining on the roadside.
Photos of the site and other related images.
This is a Google Street View image of the location where Bundy dumped the body of Melissa Anne Smith.
On that night in October of 1974, he pulled his Volkswagen Bug over at this section of the I-80. He then dragged Melissa's body down the hill and left it in some shrubby oaks.
Nine days later, deer hunters happened across her nude remains.
The red circle in the aerial photograph above highlights the general area where her body was discovered.
That night, Melissa met a friend at a pizza parlor called "Pepperoni Pizza" at 100 West Center Street in Midvale. She left at roughly 10 p.m.
In more recent times, the unit was home to "Joe Morley's BBQ," which opened in 1984. However, Morley's closed its doors in August of 2021 after the strip mall was sold to a developer.
The property was demolished in 2022.
Coordinates: 40.611172, -111.894955
At the time of her disappearance, Melissa Smith was living at 527 Fern Drive.
Coordinates: 40.604406, -111.905982
This aerial image shows the most likely route that Melissa was planning on taking that night.
After leaving the parlor, she walked west on W. Center Street and south on Oak Street. At the end of Oak Street, she would have taken a right and then walked underneath the overpass at Veterans Memorial Highway.
Shortly after the 17-year-old left the pizza parlor, a witness claimed that they heard a loud scream coming from the area around Midvale Elementary School. Therefore, it is possible that she never made it as far as the overpass.
Smith's makeup was intact and her nails were undamaged. This suggests that there wasn't a struggle.
In other words, she was probably caught off-guard.
If Bundy stuck to his favored M.O., then it is likely that he hit her over the back of the head with a crowbar. However, in order for that to work, he would have had to get her close enough to his vehicle.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of conflicting witness reports in this case. We have no way of knowing if Melissa was attacked as she was walking along the street or if Bundy pulled in and offered her a ride in his Volkswagen Bug. We also do not know the exact location where Bundy approached her.
All we know for sure is that an innocent young girl left a pizza parlor at night and was later found brutally murdered on a hillside in Summit Park.
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