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Truck sought in Kimmell case

Truck sought in Kimmell case

Associated Press

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Investigators in the 14-year-old unsolved murder of Lisa Marie Kimmell of Billings are trying to track down a 1963 Ford F-150 pickup that once belonged to a federal prisoner who has been questioned in the case.

A Casper man was the last-known seller of the pickup, sheriff's Cpl. Lynn Cohee said Wednesday.

"It has changed hands a couple times, with one party who then sold it to another party. … They then sold it to another person, and that's the last we know of its whereabouts," she said.

Sheriff's investigators want to talk to the person who bought the pickup from the Casper man in 1997 or 1998. That person is not a suspect in the case, Sheriff Mark Benton said Monday.

Cohee said there is a good possibility that someone still owns the truck, but that the possibility exists that it may be in a salvage yard somewhere.

The truck was painted black at the time of the sale; its original color was white.

The unknown buyer of the Ford truck apparently needed it for parts, Cohee said.

The vehicle at one time belonged to federal prisoner Dale Wayne Eaton, who has been questioned about Kimmell's murder since the day her car was found buried on his land in Moneta, about 70 miles west of Casper.

The discovery of her missing car this month has revived the case, though no one has been charged.

The 18-year-old Kimmell's body was found April 2, 1988, in the North Platte River near Casper. Officials said she had been stabbed and sexually assaulted.

Kimmell, a 1987 graduate of Billings Senior High, was last seen alive on March 25, 1988. She had just moved from Billings to Denver to manage a fast food restaurant, and was on her way back to Billings via Cody, Wyo., to meet a friend.

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