Rita Lorraine Jolly

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Above Images: Rita, circa 1973

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 29, 1973 from West Linn, Oregon
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: December 6, 1955
  • Age: 17 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'6, 130 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Light brown hair, hazel eyes. Rita previously fractured her lower left leg and the injury didn't heal properly. As a result, she walks with an uneven gait.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A brown Pendleton shirt, blue jeans or army fatigue pants, and low-cut blue sneakers with buckskin heels.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Rita left her residence on Horton Road in West Linn, Oregon at 7:15 p.m. on June 29, 1973 to go for a walk. She never returned. She was last seen between 8:30 and 9:00 p.m. that day, walking uphill on Sunset Avenue. Rita has never been heard from again.

    Rita may have been a victim of the serial killer Theodore Robert "Ted" Bundy. A photograph of Bundy is posted below this case summary. He was executed in Florida in 1989. He is a suspect in scores of murders, mainly from the Pacific Northwest, though he was convicted only of killing three females in Florida. He confessed to many deaths prior to his execution. Bundy is believed to be responsible for the disappearances of Nancy Baird, Ann Marie Burr, Lynette Culver, Julie Cunningham, Susan Curtis, Georgeann Hawkins, Vicki Hollar, Debra Kent, Donna Manson, Denise Oliverson, and Nancy Wilcox and many other women. The women continue to be listed as missing persons. Their remains have never been recovered. It is worth noting that Bundy did not confess to Rita's murder before his death, but he is considered a suspect in many deaths and disappearances he did not claim responsiblity for.

    Rita's disappearance remains unsolved, as her body was not found and Bundy was never charged or confessed to her murder. Foul play is suspected in her case. She was a junior at West Linn High School in 1973.

    Bundy
    Above: Bundy, circa 1980s

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
    503-723-4949

    OR
    503-557-5811

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    Source Information
    Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
    NewspaperArchive
    The Crime Library
    The Oregonian
    NamUs

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 15, 2013; picture added.

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