Sisters lose lives at same bridge, nearly 20 years apart

September 24, 1973
Fremont Canyon Bridge, near Alcova, Wyoming
Sisters Amy (11) and Becky (18) are abducted by two men; Becky is raped and beaten before both girls are thrown off the Fremont Canyon Bridge, killing Amy and severely wounding Becky

On the night of September 24, men damaged one of the girls’ tires then, under the rouse of assisting them when they pulled to the side of the road with a flat tire, abducted them. The men drove the girls about 40 minutes away to the remote Fremont Canyon Bridge where they beat and raped Becky. In the early morning hours of September 25, the girls were thrown over the bridge’s railing.

Amy fell straight down, hitting her head on a rock. Becky hit a ledge, sending her towards deeper water which saved her life, although she suffered multiple hip fractures. Naked from the waist down and suffering from crippling physical and emotional trauma, she was able to pull herself ashore and get help. She was able to identify her attackers who were found guilty and sentenced to death. However, their death sentences were commuted to life in 1977 when Wyoming overturned the death penalty. Friends and family stated Becky was terrified that, should the murderers be paroled, they would find and kill her for testifying against them.

On July 31, 1992, she brought her boyfriend and her 2-year-old daughter from a previous marriage to the bridge to show her boyfriend where the rape and murder had taken place. Her boyfriend, who tried to convince her not to come back to relive the awful memories, was told by Becky to take her daughter to the car because she didn’t want the toddler to see her cry. While waiting in the car, the boyfriend claims he heard her body hit the water. She was found near the spot her sister’s body was recovered, though it isn’t clear if she jumped or slipped. Becky was cremated and her ashes were buried above Amy’s casket.

(Photo credit: wyomingroadtripbythemilemarker.com)

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