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Bambi Lynn Dick
Bambi Lynn Dick, 17, of Davenport, Iowa, disappeared in 1983 after going to a concert at the Col Ballroom. A Jane Doe found in Amarillo, Texas, has been identified as Bambi's, according to her sister Lori Dick. (Contributed photo)

The Dick family finally found their Bambi.
And Amarillo, Texas, finally figured out the identity of its Jane Doe.
Bambi Lynn Dick, who disappeared from Davenport after attending a concert on the night of Sept. 28, 1983, is the young woman found murdered 10 days later in a culvert north of Amarillo, Texas, officials confirmed Thursday.
A simple DNA test brought the long, winding and painful story to its next chapter: finding out who killed her.
Bambi’s parents are Edward and Evelyn Dick of Davenport.
“We knew it,” said Lorie Dick, Bambi’s sister-in-law who lives in Massachusetts. “We knew it was her.”
The family will be ordering a headstone, with Bambi’s name and picture on it, for the grave, Lorie Dick said. They are making plans to visit Amarillo. They will not be moving her body, choosing instead to allow her to remain at rest.
The family continues to be thankful for the care and concern the city showed her for years, Lorie Dick said.
“To do the stuff they did for a child they didn’t even know,” Lorie Dick said. “For them to care about somebody they didn’t know gives her parents comfort.”
The second order of business is finding who killed Bambi, Lorie Dick said. Authorities are already asking for help in their endeavor.
Lt. Gary Trupe of the Amarillo-area Special Crimes Unit said there are three or four people they want to speak with soon regarding her disappearance.
“Now we have something we can investigate,” he said of the identification, which has been the focus of many people, especially Sgt. Modeina Holmes. Holmes spent thousands of hours investigating the case and researched hundreds of leads.
Bambi went to the Quiet Riot and Axe concert at the Col Ballroom in Davenport on the night of Sept. 28, 1983.
Her family never saw her again. They filed a report with the Davenport Police Department, which was canceled without explanation in early 1984, after she would have turned 18. And they searched, hiring a private investigator and combing the Internet hoping for the smallest of clues.
Ten days after the concert, a biker found the body of a young woman hundreds of miles away. She was strangled from behind, dragged and stuffed into a culvert outside of Amarillo.
Officials buried her as a Jane Doe at Amarillo’s Memory Gardens Cemetery, with donated clothes, a donated plot, a donated casket and a donated headstone.
In early February, Paul Dick, Bambi’s brother, posted a description of Bambi on the North American Missing Persons Network. On Feb. 13, Teresa Sprague of Victorville, Calif., called the Amarillo Special Crimes Unit. She thought she had a possible match to their Jane Doe, described in a post on The Doe Network’s Web site.
The similarities between Bambi and Jane Doe were striking, right down to the physical description, brand of jeans, birthstone, tinted contact lenses and a third nipple below her right breast.
On Feb. 19, a detective knocked on the door of the Dicks’ west Davenport home. He talked with Edward and Evelyn Dick, now in their 80s, for a couple of hours. He took swabs to test their DNA.
On Wednesday, the same detective knocked again, this time to notify the Dicks that their daughter was found.
“We didn’t forget,” Lt. Trupe said, adding that the family will be given a video recording of Jane Doe’s funeral in 1983. “Now we just need to know who did it.”

If you have any information that may be relevant to the case of Bambi Lynn Dick, you are asked to call (806) 378-9468 or e-mail Lt. Gary Trupe at gary.trupe@amarillo.gov.

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