Ted Bundy: Evidence From Taylor Mountain: 158 items; Over 500 personnel; 176 vehicles; Over 13,000 man hours…. Skeletal Remains of Victims…

Document #1:  ESAR finds Taylor Mountain– March of 1975 =  [158 finds]  these are copied here directly from the Original documents in the Search and Rescue files and reports of that day in 1975.  These were not “kids” as claimed publicly but professionals — many of whom drove many miles to help on site.   There was much more found than simply skulls and jawbones.  Evidence that was never protected and never worked – broken chain of custody problems in multiple places. Additionally, there was an unidentified young girl found at Taylor Mountain whose remains did not match those of the other victims found there – that is in the original files in multiple places.  What has been put out publicly over the years that nothing was found on Taylor Mountain but a few pieces of evidence is a callous disregard for the truth and for the suffering of the families and the victims of that time period….the cases were not worked in a timely and professional manner. The evidence was not protected…claiming evidence was lost in a major crime scene with a known serial killing sequence is unacceptable especially when there are two locations, Issaquah and Taylor Mountain where hundreds of pieces of evidence were found.

Here are the stats directly from the original search records/documents for the people who were on site at Taylor Mountain from 3-3-1975 to 3-8-1975:  Persons total: 567; Man hours total: 13, 376.75; Number of vehicles driven to the scene:  176; Number of miles persons traveled to get to the site total:  18,990.  Yet according to the “official” story only a small group of adults with “kids” were on site and all the AG Office of WA ever shows at the site is two cars.  The original documents do not support their story and never have:  so why the public deception?  Additionally, DNA was in its infancy before Bundy was executed –  it was being used in a trial in Florida just down the road from where he was held and so authorities cannot claim being naive that forensics was advancing.

 There is also a corresponding map which shows locations of many of the finds.  The map that has been put forward for years publicly was significantly edited from what the original contained.  Search teams included units that traveled from Skagit County, Pierce County, King County, Dayton County, Spokane County, and others as well as Seattle police and Civil Air Patrol Washington National Guard.  They were professionals.

  1. bone fragments
  2. little piece white moldy stuff
  3. plant mold
  4. hair [found at 55’ in 1000/1000]
  5. blond hair [found at 60’ in 1000/1000]
  6. piece of bone
  7. piece of bone
  8. bones
  9. nylon cord [found 56’ 1000/1000]
  10. clothing [find is not noted as to type or location]
  11. bone (animal)
  12. animal dung
  13. clothing [find is not noted as to type or location]
  14. some large bones [find is not noted as to type or location]
  15. ladies blouse, bright yellow print [find is not noted as to location]
  16. flesh [find is not noted as to type or location]
  17. bone [1’ long] [find is not noted as to location]
  18. bone
  19. hair (black) animal
  20. jawbone (animal)
  21. bone
  22. skull [found at 13’ A]
  23. bones and animal remains
  24. part of yellow coat, white sweater [find is not noted as to location]
  25. chemical bottles [find is not noted as to location]
  26. bones
  27. thermos bottle [find is not noted as to location]
  28. bones, arm rib [find is not noted as to location]
  29. T-shirt/blue cloth, blue sock [find is not noted as to location]
  30. blue jean material [find not noted  location on list but on map near #55]
  31. bone
  32. bone [found at 130’ in 1000/1000]
  33. bone [found at 130’ in 1000/1000]
  34. part of skull [found 6’ from #22]
  35. 10-12” bone [found 31’ D]
  36. bone fragments [location not noted but found by CAP – Civil Air Patrol]
  37. jawbone [found 36’D] by CAP (Civil Air Patrol)
  38. bone fragment
  39. scapula [found 46’ D] by CAP (Civil Air Patrol)
  40. bone 1” long/1”wide
  41. fragment bone – fresh?
  42. bone fragment 4” long [found 145’ D]
  43. jacket (purple) Keppel find [found 30’ from base truck on list – on map near creek and #57]
  44. hair short blond
  45. clothing
  46. bone 4.5” long [found 71’ line 50 – No to A]
  47. clothing [location not noted/CAP]
  48. rodent hair in dung
  49. bone animal? [found 75’ D – CAP] CAP = Civil Air Patrol
  50. blue scarf/red oilcloth [location not noted]
  51. chewed bone 10” [found 75’ line 50]
  52. bone animal? CAP
  53. flesh decayed area [location not noted]
  54. shoulder blade CAP
  55. tennis shoe, black or dark blue [location not noted]
  56. 2 vertebrae [location not noted]
  57. clothing [location and type not noted]
  58. green coat [location not noted in list but on map near creek and find #43, #57]
  59. wedding invite
  60. leaf mold area
  61. red cloth [location not noted]
  62. receipt shell casing 30/30 [location not noted]
  63. jawbone [CAP – found at 33’ E]
  64. jawbone [CAP found 2’ from find #63 in E]
  65. hair 2 clumps [CAP – found 3’ from find #63 in E]
  66. skull fragment [found 38’in E]
  67. tooth [found 15’ in E]
  68. lean-to shelter, plastic line tarp, soup can [found together in 136’ F]
  69. animal vertebra [found 199’ in F]
  70. animal jawbone [found 60’ fence in F]
  71. animal vertebrae [2] [found 70’ fence in F]
  72. light brown hair                 [found 21’ in E]
  73. light brown hair [found 19’ in E]
  74. light brown hair [found 23’ in E]
  75. hair divided in 2 segments [found 28’ in E]
  76. hair light brown [found 26’ in E]
  77. rubber fragments – orn – balloon? [found 88’ in E]
  78. silver jewelry clasp [found 52’ in E]
  79. shotgun shell [found 195’ in G]
  80. bone (leg? 10”) [found CAP 126’ in E]
  81. bones and hair (dung) [found 48’ in G]
  82. hair (dark brown 3” x 8”) [found 57’ in G]
  83. human hair [found by CAP at 76’ in G]
  84. 5 x 0.5” bone                                 [found by CAP at 76’ in G]
  85. shotgun shell [found at 143’ in H]
  86. hair light color [found by CAP at 60’ in G]
  87. bone fragment [found at 55’ in J]
  88. bullet, 22, slug only [found at 88’ in G]
  89. bone small [found at 62’ in H]
  90. shotgun shell [found at 51’ in J
  91. many bone fragments [found by CAP at 74’ in G]
  92. bones (animal?)
  93. bone fragment [found at 65’ in J]
  94. hair in dung [found by search dogs no location noted]
  95. bone fragment [found at 12’ in H]
  96. bone 8” x 1” [found by CAP at 74’ in G]
  97. blond hair [found by CAP at 72’ in G]
  98. black pen [found at 145’ in H]
  99. bone fragment [location not noted]
  100. hair blond                                 [found by CAP at 74’ in G]
  101. bone fragments [found at 142’ in I]
  102. bullet slug [found at 157’ in I]
  103. bolt, nut and washer [found at 275’ in F]
  104. jaw fragment [found at 36’ in J]
  105. 22 slug [no location noted]
  106. cork, shoe material [found at 165’ in J]
  107. hair blond [found by CAP at 74’ in G]
  108. bone fragment [found at 212’ in F]
  109. hair in dung [found by search dogs, location not noted]
  110. bone, small [found at 111’ in H]
  111. skull [found at 48’ in 1000/1000]
  112. jawbone with teeth [found at 88’ in 1000/1000]
  113. jawbone [found at 70’ in 1000/1000]
  114. skull [found at 114’ in 1000/1000]
  115. brown hair [found at 114’ in 1000/1000]
  116. blond hair [found by CAP at 146’ in G]
  117. not identified [found by search dogs – no location given]
  118. bone fragment [found at 56’ in I]
  119. 38 and 22 hollow bullets [found at 124’ in I]
  120. 22 bullet [found at 115’ in I]
  121. jar
  122. bone [found at 57’ in H]
  123. (2) 38 cal casings sp. [found at 57’ in H]
  124. woman’s underwear [found by dogs at 156’ from Int. of A and B]
  125. empty potato chip box [not noted as to location]
  126. plastic baggie [not noted as to location]
  127. bone fragment in dung [found by dogs not noted as to location]
  128. possible grave [found at 56’ in F]
  129. rubberlike material [no location given]
  130. plastic snug tie Keppel [found 16’ from find #124  Int. of A and B]
  131. 22 slug [found at 79’ in I]
  132. 22 slug [found at 57’ in H]
  133. 3 slugs 22 caliber [found at 146’ in I]
  134. small bone [found at 173’ in J]
  135. shotgun shell [found at 108’ in I]
  136. 4 beer caps, sandwich wrapper [no location noted]
  137. fur, skin
  138. bone fragment [found at 123’ in H]
  139. screwdriver Keppel [found 177’ inter. A & B]
  140. bone and fragment [location not noted]
  141. bones, rib, teeth [location not noted]
  142. explosive device [location not noted]
  143. bone in animal dung [found at 53’ in K]
  144. bone 10” long [found by search dogs]
  145. bones [found by search dogs]
  146. blue suitcase [no location noted]
  147. sweater [location not noted]
  148. no item listed [find noted at 78’ in K]
  149. bone 0.5 x 6” [found by CAP at 104’ L]
  150. bones [found by search dogs, no location given]
  151. bone [found 54’ in M]
  152. small bones in dung [found by CAP at 9’ in L]
  153. 4 small bones [found 170’ inter. A & B]
  154. part of a tooth [found 155’ in M]
  155. bone chips [location not given]
  156. toenail in dung? [found by CAP at 66’ in L]
  157. bones [no location given]
  158. small bones [found by a detective on scene, location not noted]

In addition to these finds, a group of detectives went out to the crime scene one month approximately after the initial search and rescue teams were out there.  This was on 4-9-1975.  One detective, per his notes of that time period, found two bones he noted as 35 feet one inch west of the 1000/1000 mark on string line 50.  It was assigned an evidence number and that evidence number is on bones sent to TX in 2005 that were human remains and from the girls originally found on Taylor Mountain, confirming that skeletal remains were found there and begging the question as to why this was denied to the public for decades.  Detective notes of that search also reveal that there were several real-time, on site investigation notes, of requisitioning leg x-rays from missing girls families at that time. If no skeletal remains were found on site why were multiple detectives requesting leg x-rays?  Also only one known victim had a deformity of those leg bones and that was Georgann Hawkins.  She had a deformity of the tibia and fibula [not noticeable except on x-ray].  Her dental records would not have been needed.  A human tibia and fibula were sent to the ME office in March of 1984 in a box of elk bones marked only “Bundy bones Taylor Mountain” with no paperwork.  I was coming forward for over a decade from 2001 to 2011 when I went to the FBI finally severely traumatized by what had happened, nearly incapacitated by the memories and the documentation that I had gathered which proved it, begging authorities to look at what I was saying because Georgann had been a friend and I’d seen him with her that night.  I was callously turned away and shadowed by a person connected to this case who I was told multiple times by several people that he was interfering with and attempting to block me from the justice system process.

Taylor Mountain was found in March of 1975 before Bundy was picked up in Utah.   And I don’t understand why evidence was being cataloged and immediately forwarded to Superior Court of WA – a federal branch – BEFORE any charges were put forward and before charges against Bundy were done.  Is it customary procedure to remove evidence from a crime scene and immediately forward it to the Superior Court? Detective notes of that time period state on the record that this is where the evidence was being sent.  It does not seem like normal process to me.

Further, there doesn’t appear to be a chain of custody following any of this evidence through normal routes.   i.e. they disappeared into a “black hole” of evidence where no chain of custody was ever implemented.  How long had the federal officials known that Ted Bundy was the killer?  He had to come up on the DMV report of 4-1975 and he was identified to them back in October 1974 and matched all the points of witness descriptions of Lake Sammamish and they had the two kill sites of Sammamish and Taylor Mountain by March of 1975.  Yet he was only routinely picked up in Utah after DaRonch escaped and by a routine patrolman mid August 1975.  Meanwhile on August 1, 1975 a detective back dated a record to March of 1975 stating that he’d asked the ME what would be needed to have a finding of decapitation and the ME’s answer was what the public story became.  Two weeks later approximately Bundy was picked up.  Some of the evidence found at Taylor Mountain and at Issaquah and taken into custody mirrored what had been found in Utah in autopsies. Utah and WA State compared notes on some of this – yet never filed murder charges against Bundy or held him on the basis of so much evidence – they sent him to Colorado where there was even less evidence at the time.  In the original tapes of that time period, unredacted, 1984, it is mentioned that the judge in Utah only transferred Bundy to Colorado under pressure and did not want to.  Who was pressuring him….The question is why?

Later in the spring or summer of 1975, another detective was taking in a taped jack handle, and a leather beaded corded necklace that was Bundy’s in WA.  A leather beaded type of necklace was also found on one of Bundy’s victims per their autopsy report in Utah.  What was going on back then for officials to go to such great lengths to prevent the public from knowing the truth about the WA State activity by Bundy? Was it simply the fact that Bundy had been working with the FBI and Law & Justice on a project in 1973 per the records or is it something else?  He was a prolific serial killer just like any other serial killer but he has been turned into a legend by the officials who have used this case to build their careers and profit from it. Several people from WA State went on to have careers with the FBI after the Bundy cases.  The public sees and hears a lot about the Bundy “tapes” and the officials talking about him on TV and in media but never has there been an in-depth review of the actual original records of the investigations in multiple states during that time period.  There has been very little discussion of the forensics of that time period that is at all based on fact and the records of that day.

Note:  On the maps of the search area of Taylor Mountain, across the stream from where find #30 [blue jean material], #55 [tennis shoe], #80 [bone], #57 [clothing] and #58 [green coat] there is an “x” labeled simply “clothing pile”.  This is not noted on the finds list. Is this something they found as a “pile” and did not note it as deemed it insignificant or is this where they tossed any clothing items [in a general pile] -?  Regardless, in a serial killer case where many young girls were missing, any clothing or evidence found would be critically important to preserve – even if it is ruled out later and even if it is a “pile”.  ?Also of interest is the tennis shoe – what color was it?  Man’s or woman’s?  If a man’s white tennis shoe, Bundy was wearing white tennis shoes by witness descriptions when he abducted Ott and Naslund.  Two cases where police had multiple descriptions, evidence at Issaquah [where the girls were found] and could have charged him.  If his white tennis shoe was found at Taylor Mountain it could indicate several things:  that he wore these when he abducted other girls, that he may have moved living captive girls in between the sites of Issaquah and Taylor Mountain for awhile using the abandoned homes nearby to conceal and contain them [much like in my memories of where he kept me at times].

Yet instead, they always talk about Georgann Hawkins, who was never found [no remains] and Bundy’s “final confession” where he never talked about anything else and when there is no proof at all of decapitation in Bundy’s sites —when they had mountains of evidence that could have conclusively put him directly connected to missing and murdered girls.  Yet they say they solved the Hawkins case due to Bundy’s “confession” – but there’s no proof of that.  Hawkins remains officially missing and in the records she is listed as Taylor Mountain, not Issaquah. Nothing has ever corroborated his statements that he decapitated her at Issaquah.  Rather, it is the opposite:  skeletal remains were found at Taylor Mountain, that were proven in 2005 to be three of the four girls found there; and an unidentified skeleton of another girl was found; and lastly the tibias and fibulas put into a box of elk bones and moved to the ME office in 1984 could have been identifying factors for Hawkins [she had a deformity of these] if they had protected the evidence.  I can corroborate I saw him with her that night but that is all I can corroborate.  The critical evidence was never protected and I personally wouldn’t believe anything they release now as so much was contaminated and nothing was ever done for decades and no chain of custody was ever implemented.  By their own public story, nothing was found at Taylor Mountain but a few skulls and jawbones and bunches of hair and the evidence of Issaquah was “lost” by the ME.

Note:  Chemical bottles [find #25] were found within the crime scene at Taylor Mountain.  Bundy told Liz in Utah that he had date rape drugs.  It is noted in her book.  He worked with a medical supply company and would have had access to these drugs.  He also talked of the possible use of drugs and alcohol to ply victims while they were held captive by the Green River killer.  One Utah victim’s blood tests showed alcohol poisoning in her autopsy report. I also complained of feeling drugged and could not remember most of the rapes and what happened while I was held in captivity and this is documented in emails going back to 2001 as well the memory lapses in my recollections which remain even now.  A woman reported Bundy for rape in 1972 but was dismissed and discounted by cops at the time for being “imbibed” and yet this imbibing is part of Bundy’s MO with the women he assaulted and killed in captivity per at least one autopsy, this prior rape report and my statements which preceded the records by years.

These chemical bottles found on site at Taylor Mountain and possibly at Issaquah were important to the crime scene.  Bottles were found at Issaquah but were not noted as to type.  Both Taylor Mountain and Issaquah crime sites were near to abandoned homes as well as these are noted in the police records.  In those abandoned homes there was red matter collected from the walls of the basement as evidence potentially.  It is not noted what happened to this red matter/evidence in the records that I have.  There are many items of evidence that have very questionable chain of custody tracking on them – items signed in a day earlier to evidence than when they were noted as being found; items sent forward to Superior Court before any charges were ever levied against Bundy and then that evidence simply “disappears” and so on.

There is a lot here in these original records [all stamped original] that raise serious questions about conduct back then– I personally would like to know why all of this information was suppressed from public knowledge and an account made public which denied its existence.  Especially when so many unsolved cases remain and Bundy was a prolific serial killer and the FBI report in 1992 essentially just gave up on all of it with a statement of “we’ll never know” – perhaps -but we certainly never had a chance to know when they concealed all that they did and released so much publicly that isn’t supported by the actual case files.  The fact that the FBI and State of WA issued an edict that they would only use DNA in Bundy cases in 2011 [after “finding” a vial of blood in Florida that failed to get destroyed per a preexisting order to be destroyed – raising another series of questions] – this edict for only DNA again raises questions. With all the other state of the art forensics techniques available, witness accounts that were never fully reviewed or incorporated, and the fact that DNA degrades over time especially when chain of custody isn’t implemented raises more questions than it answers.  No, it’s time for a new look by independent professionals who are capable of challenging what is “known” about the Bundy cases.