Woman believed victim of serial killer
Short on clues in the case, Denise Oliverson’s 1975 disappearance is widely believed to be the work of serial killer Ted Bundy.
Still, authorities haven’t closed the matter.
“Although certainly not cleared, and I wouldn’t bank on the fact that Bundy did it, my gut feeling is he probably did,” said Grand Junction police Cmdr. Mike Nordine, head of the department’s detectives.
“We really don’t have much of anything for evidence,” he said.
Oliverson, 24, set out on a bicycle ride on the afternoon of April 6, 1975, from her home at 1619 LaVeta St., but never made it to her destination, her parents’ home.
The next day, a search party found her bicycle and shoes under the Fifth Street bridge, near railroad tracks.
In 1989, days before his execution in Florida, Bundy told an investigator he had disposed of a body in a river outside of Grand Junction. When pressed for details, Bundy gave none.
Bundy ultimately confessed to 30 murders and is suspected in more.
A time line, created by the FBI, shows Bundy’s nationwide travels and places him in Grand Junction in April 1975.
“We’ve never found a body, but we’ve never received any other information that would lead us in a different direction, or that (Oliverson) left the area,” Nordine said.