The campus where Susan Curtis was abducted.
Crime Scene Location in Provo, Utah, United States.
On June 27th, 1975, serial killer Ted Bundy abducted Susan Curtis from this college campus in Provo, Utah.
That evening, the 15-year-old Bountiful native was attending a banquet at the Wilkinson Student Center on the Brigham Young University campus.
Following dinner, Susan told her friends that she was going to walk back to her room and brush her teeth. The high school student had new dental braces and was eager to try and keep them clean.
After exiting the Wilkinson Student Center, Susan set off across the BYU campus.
Her destination was a dormitory building in Helaman Halls, which was 0.6 miles to the northwest. It would have taken her 10-13 minutes to walk the route in question.
Sadly, it seems as though she never made it that far. As Susan Curtis was walking back to the dorm building, Ted Bundy spotted her and decided to approach her. Then, using some sort of fake story, he managed to lure the young girl back to his Volkswagen Bug.
That evening, Bundy was most likely trolling around BYU in search of his next victim. In the past, he had successfully abducted Donna Manson, Roberta Parks and Susan Rancourt from their respective campuses.
Judging by his behavior in other cases, it stands to reason that he strategically parked his vehicle in the darkest parking lot that he could find. A lot that was within walking distance, but slightly out of the way. This would explain why no one witnessed the attack.
Once he lured Susan back to his Volkswagen, it is likely that he struck her over the head with a crowbar as soon as she had her back turned. He then threw her unconscious body into his car and quickly left the scene.
Tragically, the body of Susan Curtis has never been found. To this day, she remains listed as a missing person.
Where was Susan Curtis last seen?
Below, you will find the address and the GPS coordinates for this location.
The GPS coordinates for the campus are as follows.
- Latitude: 40.248569
- Longitude: -111.646977
Open 40.248569, -111.646977 in Google Maps to view directions on how to get there.
The full address for this location is:
Brigham Young University
She was last seen leaving the Ernest L. Wilkinson Student Center on the eastern side of the campus.
Trivia and other information.
- A month and a half after Susan was murdered, Bundy was arrested during a traffic stop in West Valley City. At that point, he became the prime suspect in the murders and disappearances of several women on the west coast.
- In November of 1974, Susan attended the exact same high school play that Bundy abducted Debra Kent from. This means that she was unlucky enough to cross paths with Bundy on two separate occasions. For all we know, the two may have noticed each other in the auditorium.
Photos of the campus and other related images.
This aerial photograph of the BYU campus was taken in September of 1969.
The Wilkinson Student Center is circled in blue. The red circle highlights the dorm building that Susan Curtis was planning on walking to.
We have marked some of the parking lots in the area with an orange X. As you can see, there were a number of lots that Bundy could have utilized.
This aerial image shows the three routes that Susan may have taken that evening.
According to Google Maps, the orange route is the preferred one. However, that might not have been the case back in 1975.
All of these routes are roughly the same length. Because of this, there is no way of knowing which one she decided to take.
As the 15-year-old was making her way back to the dorm building, Bundy somehow managed to intercept her and lead her off-course.
Because it was a busy college campus, it is likely that he used some sort of ruse to lure the teenager back to his Volkswagen. For example, he may have claimed that he was having car problems and that he needed someone to help him start it. Or perhaps he was wearing a fake sling and pretending to struggle with a pile of books.
Where did Bundy dump Susan Curtis' remains?
Shortly before his execution in 1989, Ted Bundy confessed to abducting Susan Curtis.
During his confession, he claimed that he dumped Curtis' remains roughly five miles south of Price in Utah, before Green River.
According to Bundy, he turned left onto a side road when he was roughly 5-10 miles south of Price. Then, about a quarter of a mile into this side road, he took another left turn onto a dirt road.
Bundy claimed that he dumped the young girl's body about 50-200 yards on the left side of this dirt road.
Although a large search operation was carried out, no trace of the missing 15-year-old was ever found.
Bundy's confession occurred nearly fourteen years after Curtis was murdered. Sadly, this means that local wildlife had a lot of time to interfere with her remains and scatter them across the terrain.
Wilkinson Student Center.
This is a Google Street View image of the Wilkinson Student Center in Provo. That evening, a banquet was being held at the center. Curtis was wearing a full-length evening dress.
Initially, the police did not believe that Susan had been abducted. This is because she had previously gone missing for days at a time.
This location belongs to the following categories.Crime ScenesSerial KillersMissing PeopleTed Bundy Utah LocationsUnresolved CasesTed Bundy Locations
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