|Lisa Marie Kimmell was from Billings, MT headed to her boyfriends house in March of 1988, when something went awry. For eight (8) days, Lisa was missing, before a fisherman located her lifeless body floating in a nearby stream. Autopsy results would show that Lisa had been sexually assaulted and murded by an unknown assailant.
Lisa had been pulled over by a police officer shortly before her disappearance for speeding, but the police officer was cleared of any connection to Lisa's disappearance and death. This left many unanswered questions to authorities and to Lisa's family, because not only was Lisa murdered, her CRX was still missing without a trace.
Mysteriously, a note would appear on Lisa's grave approximately one year and four days after Lisa disappeared. The poilce felt there was a link between the letter and the killer, but had nothing to go on. The letter was kept on file. Some 14 years later, a random DNA retest from the rape kit taken from Lisa Kimmell's autopsy was reviewed again, and there was a hit from the database. The DNA match would come from a man already incarcerated for illegal gun posession. The man's name was Dale Wayne Eaton. He was later charged with Lisa's murder, however the story does not end there.
A former neighbor of Dale Eaton was questioned and she told police that she observed Eaton digging a large hole in his yard around the time Lisa Kimmell disappeared. The neighbor reported that Eaton had told her husband that he was attempting to dig a well. Police began to dig up Eaton's yard shortly after obtaining this information. This is where Lisa's CRX was finally found.
Dale Wayne Eaton was convicted on the DNA results and handwriting samples on the letter he left on Kimmell's grave. He was sentenced to death 14 years after Lisa was found in the Platt River. Although justice was found for Lisa, there is still no closure for her family who still loves and misses her each day. Lisa is gone, but she has never been forgotten.
|This is an example photograph of the black Honda CRX owned by Lisa Kimmell with Montana license plates LILMISS, that was missing for 14 years.|
|The government bridge, that overlooks the North Platte River, where Lisa Marie's body was found in 1988|
|Lisa Marie Kimmell's Grave Stone|
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