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TV series features case of missing Lander jogger

Jan 6, 2013 - By Christina George, Staff Writer

Amy Wroe Bechtel disappeared in 1997 while running in the mountains near Loop Road.

The ongoing investigation into the 1997 disappearance of Amy Wroe Bechtel will be portrayed on a television series Monday evening.

The 60-minute episode, called "Missing in the Mountains," will air at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, on "Disappeared," an NBC Discovery series. The segment will air again at 12 a.m. EST on Tuesday.

According to the series' website, the episode will focus on the 24-year-old competitive runner who went for a run in the forest outside of Lander and vanished without a trace. The unsolved case involves an investigation that spans years and hundreds of square miles.

Wroe Bechtel disappeared July 24, 1997, while jogging on the Loop Road in the mountains between Lander and South Pass.

According to its website, "Disappeared" is a series that investigates the disappearance of victims, "who are here one minute, gone the next." Episodes focus on one victim's story, as told through the perspectives and actual voices of their closest friends and family as well as the investigators trying to solve the case.

TV crews visited Lander in June to begin taping for the upcoming episode. The case's lead investigator, Fremont County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. John Zerga, was among those interviewed. Other interviews include one with former Sheriff Dave King and Wroe Bechtel's family members.

Zerga said the show is expected to be a re-enactment of events in the case.

Scenes filmed include the switchbacks with search-and-rescue personnel as well as near the Burnt Gulch Road in the Shoshone National Forest where Wroe Bechtel's friends found her unlocked white Toyota at 1 a.m. July 25, 1997. The keys were reportedly in the ignition.

At the time, Steve Bechtel, her husband of a little more than a year, told authorities Wroe Bechtel was up on the switchbacks training for a road race.

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