Is a killer stalking the site where he dumped the bodies of two young women?

Jennifer Lueth & Diane Shawcroft

Who was driving the blue truck?

CASE DETAILS

In 1996, Diane Shawcroft, 20, and her best friend, Jennifer Lueth, 19, left their homes in Colorado and moved in with Diane’s older sister, Kristina Frigoin, in Glendale, Arizona. After a spat with her sister, Diane left with Jennifer to go to the store. Kristina thought they would be right back:

“They said they were going to walk to the store to get cigarettes and a pop and that they would be back in a little while. They didn’t take anything with them. And they never went anywhere without their make-up.  So that’s what made me think they were coming right back.”

They were found dead by two hikers

Diana and Jennifer headed for the mini-mart a few blocks away. When they didn’t return immediately, it wasn’t cause for alarm, since the two young women were always up for adventure.  Diane and Jennifer were seen at the mini-mart around 7 P.M.  The cashier said the girls bought cigarettes and soda, then sat outside the store. Two hours passed.   The girls were still there when the cashier saw a man pull up in a blue truck. According to Ted Symonds of the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office:

“They conversed for quite a while. They got into the truck. And then the truck drove off.  And that’s the last time anyone saw them alive.”

Their memorial pictures were stolen

Three months later, two men were hunting in a remote desert 100 miles north of Phoenix when they came upon two bodies. Diane Lynne Shawcroft lay on top of Jennifer Sue Lueth. Both girls had been murdered. Because the investigation was ongoing, police withheld the cause of death. But the location of the girls’ bodies offered several clues as to who the killer or killers might be. The area was extremely isolated, 16 miles from the nearest highway and accessible only by pick-up truck or four-wheel drive. Police believed the perpetrator knew the area well and frequented it often to hunt or four-wheel drive. Jennifer Lueth’s father, Bob Lueth, believed the killer did not act alone:

“Jennifer was strong girl and she was a scrapper if she needed to be. It wouldn’t be easy for one person to overpower Jennifer alone, but with two of them, it’s just sort of inconceivable to me that one person was able to do that to two girls.”

Who was the man in the blue truck?

The investigation centered on finding the man in the blue truck. Believing that the girls knew this man, police focused on their personal lives. While in Phoenix, Diane and Jennifer had been to many parties and nightclubs. They had met a lot of people in the short amount of time they lived in Glendale, many of them men. Jennifer Lueth’s mother, Debra Lueth, knew they were easy targets:

“I think both Jenny and Diana were very naïve and very innocent. I think like most 19 year-olds, they think they’re invincible and can just conquer the world.  I think whoever got involved with them knew that, could read them like a book, and took advantage of them.”

There was one final strange twist to this case. The families erected a shrine where the bodies were found. Pictures of both girls were placed at the foot of two wood crosses.  Police decided to occasionally survey the sight, hoping to find evidence of a visit from the killer. Four years later, on September 29, 2000, they found it. Both photos of the girls had been removed from their frames. Only police and the victims’ families knew the exact location where the girl’s bodies had been found. Diane’s father:

“Nothing else seemed to be disturbed and it definitely raised questions as to who would want the pictures, who would go to that much effort to go back in as far as it is, get the pictures, and take them. Hard to even imagine who it would be, or why they would do it, unless it was the perpetrator.”

No evidence that might identify the murderer has ever been found. Authorities would like to question the man in the blue pick up who was the last person seen with the girls.


Watch this case now on Amazon Prime in season twelve with Robert Stack and in season seven with Dennis Farina. Also available on YouTube with Dennis Farina. Various seasons available now on Hulu.

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18 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    I was set up on a blind date with a guy named Chad. The night we were going to go out, I called him and he told me he would pick me up as soon as he watched this episode because apparently, he had dated one of these girls. Our plan was to go to the mountains and go for a hike, as we lived in Colorado. I watched the episode and never called him again. I’ve always wondered about him…

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  2. thinkingoutloud

    wonder if the sister knows more than what she’s saying. the girls had an argument and then they decided to go out and get cigs and soda (which isn’t bizarre), but then they spend 2+ hours at the store and then later get into someone’s truck and never return.

    and if the only people who knew about the site were police and family…maybe it was an inside job. but someone knows more than what they’re saying

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  3. Jason

    I dont recall this episode. My first thought was: “in a lot of these episodes, its common that someone had raped, then killed people (usually by someone on parole) and it is a matter of time b4 they’re caught. But, there aren’t too many facts released. My guess is that, maybe they were taken to a party in the dessert, walked away from the group (maybe an argument?) and fell into the darkness? Or, some young man that accidently (Im speculating) saw or heard them fall, or discovered their bodies. Without releasing injuries sustained, dna evidence, etc, we don’t have much to go on

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  4. Sharon

    Since the police did not have any suspects from the main lead of the blue truck….or the DNA or fingerprints….and withholding details about the case such as cause of death did not seem to help the case, maybe they should have released more details to generate tips and useful information. The cabin being renovated in the area seems to be worth​ investigating to see if anyone working there observed anyone frequenting the area or any suspicious activity or evidence! The police would have had to be the source to initiate contact with the Forest Service! After 21 years it’s sad to know these families may never find our what happened to their loved ones!

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  5. Magdi M Manjal

    Just have the store clerk undergo a hypnosis to get more details, such as the car’s plate number

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  6. Anonymous

    I just recently stumbled across this case, I have no clue how or why I don’t even remember it happening I was so young at the time but it still very unnerving unsettling and very disturbing I haven’t been able to sleep very comfortably at all since I read about it those poor girls bother 12 and half years older than me… What’s sickening is knowing that the person or persons who did this is still out there and who knows they might have killed again although it has been 20 years since this happened they should reexamine the DNA from the frames maybe the sicko or sickos have been arrested since then you know? I don’t understand how anyone can take a life of another and not feel any remorse and dump them off somewhere like they’re trash of some sort you know? These girls were and are very loved even to this day and they deserve justice they didn’t deserve what happened to them and who knows the guy in the blue truck hasn’t been seen since the day the girls disappeared so maybe he either disappeared with them and hasn’t been found or maybe he might have dropped them off somewhere or maybe he and one of his buddies helped with the murders. Idk it’s very very disturbing and just pure evil. And if it was an accident as mentioned in an earlier comment my question is how can anyone kill someone on accident?I don’t get it. And the pictures, “oh I killed them on accident,but I want these pictures to remember them by”? The actual mess is that?
    RIParidise sweeties I know this will not go unpunished and y’all will get y’alls justice soon the lord knows and will seek vengeance for y’all it’s a sin unto death and these people that did this horrible act will get What’s coming to them if it hasn’t already I just hope that maybe these families will get their peace of mind soon…

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  7. Miranda shortt

    I hope one of thse days they will find out who did it so the family’s can have some peace

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  8. Gin

    two hikerssssssssssssssss hmmmmmmmmmm

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  9. M

    It’s very sad when these Grils Died ;-(( I know Death is very bad!! These Young Ladys will live again they have hope God will grant them too see life;-))) If you know God then he will make it better for you too understand.

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  10. M

    I rely like too know who killed these 2 Prety Grils ;-((( I watch Unsolve Mystries alot I never stop I saw it when it 1st began !!! Any way I hate when People kill People & inasent Baby’s & Chikdren even Wiman those who do wrong will be killed my God himself he will not permit this any more.

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  11. friend of the mother

    I read somewhere that they thought the girls may have gone to a cabin in the area with the man in the truck. There is a forest service cabin that was being renovated at the time in the area called Sycamore Cabin. I think this needs to be checked for DNA from the girls. My intuition tells me that this is a likely area and I wish they would reopen this case and investigate it. I have tried questioning the F.S. to get them to look at their records of whomever was working on the cabin renovation at the time and I have gotten nowhere.

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  12. Anonymous

    Jenny is my auntie! i love you Jenny.. mommy misses you

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  13. Crime Alert

    I thought the forensic could match everybody’s finger prints. If they can’t match the killer’s finger prints, then, there’s no way the killer has a record at all. The killer couldn’t just came out of nowhere. It just doesn’t make any sense. Why would the killer take the pictures from the frames? Why not just take the frames with him? It really doesn’t make any sense to me. Has anybody seen that man in the blue truck today? If so, Please contact the Authorities right now. It’s very important for them to question him.

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    • CuriousViewer

      There is no way that I’m aware of to match just anyone’s fingerprints. You must either be arrested, willingly be fingerprinted & have your DNA submitted for analysis or sign up for civil service jobs. (i.e. postal worker, armed forces or in some states, work with children in a public setting)
      I hope someday the killer/killers come forward or new evidence will be found that will answer the questions I’m certain this family has.

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    • RIP D.S.

      The killer hasn’t been caught yet. Some think this was is first and only murder, maybe it was by accident, and some think he could be a very practiced killer that hasn’t been caught yet. What makes the case even harder to solve is the fact that the bodies of both Diana and Jennifer were so badly decomposed, the police needed to use dental records to identify them. The only DNA evidence found was on the picture frames. At least that’s all the police have released to the public. A lot of info about this case has been kept from the public so that when the killer is found they can use it to confirm his involvement.

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  14. Anonymous

    Why didn’t they take the picture frames in for forensic analysis they could have gotten finger prints . It isn’t easy to take a picture out they had to have left skin cells on it.

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    • Anonymous

      Or better yet why didn’t they set up a game cam?

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    • RIP D.S.

      They found finger prints and DNA. They didn’t match anyone who has a record. Whoever did this has never been arrested or processed. And I’m scared that whoever did this will never be found. I wish my family could finally have the answers they long for.

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Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. is the owner of this Website and retains all ownership rights to the information collected at this Website. Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. reserves the right to change, modify, add, or remove provisions of this Privacy Statement. Any changes to this Privacy Statement will be posted here, and we encourage you to check back from time to time. In addition, Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. will notify registered users of changes as they occur.

We allow third-party companies to serve ads and/or collect certain anonymous information when you visit our web site. These companies may use non-personally identifiable information (e.g., click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) during your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. These companies typically use a cookie or third party web beacon to collect this information. To learn more about this behavioral advertising practice or to opt-out of this type of advertising, you can visit networkadvertising.org. Your use of the site constitutes your agreement to accept cookies, beacons and third-party advertising. Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. assumes no responsibility for third-party ads.

ARTICLE 1. Personalization
1.1 We may use the contact information you give us to better tailor your Website experience to your interests, and to send you information about Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. and its services as well as promotional material on behalf of some of our partners. We may use other information that you provide to us to show you content in which you may be interested and to display the content according to your preferences. We will also share this information within Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. in order to enhance your experience on this and other Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. Websites.
1.2 In addition, we may share this information with advertisers or other third parties that are not part of the Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. family on an aggregate or other basis that does not disclose your identity or contact information.

ARTICLE 2. Online Surveys/Contests
2.1 From time to time, we may conduct online surveys and contests. These may ask you for contact information (like name or email address) and demographic information (like zip code or age).
2.2 We may use this contact information from our surveys and contests to provide you with information about our company and promotional material on behalf of some of our partners, and to contact you when necessary.

ARTICLE 3. Shopping/Commercial Services
3.1 This Website may offer shopping services, which may be offered by us or by a firm that operates a store under contract with us. If our Website offers shopping or other commercial services, you will use a customer order form to request information, products, and services. The order form will ask you to give us contact information (like name or email address), financial information (like account or credit card numbers), and demographic information (like zip code or age).

3.2 We will use the financial information that you provide to bill you for products and services. By giving our Website your credit card and related personal information, you are authorizing our store to give that information to the merchant and credit card company in order to confirm and fulfill your order.

3.3 We will use contact information from the order form to fulfill your orders. We may also use contact data to get in touch with you when necessary. We will not otherwise use or distribute your financial information without your prior approval.

ARTICLE 4. Public forums
4.1 This Website may make available chat rooms, blogs, forums, message boards, and news groups. Please remember that any information that you disclose in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information. Information disclosed by you or by others enters the public domain and may be freely used by any other persons or entities using the site.

ARTICLE 5. Information Sharing With Third Parties
5.1 From time to time we may enter into a special relationship with another company that is not owned by Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. to provide additional features at this Website. These special relationships may include “powered by” partners, business partners, sponsors, and co-branded sites (referred to here as “co-branded pages”). These might include, for example, pages that share our name and that of another entity. You should look for a specific privacy statement on any such co-branded page. Any personal information that you provide when signing up at one of those co-branded pages may be shared with our third party partner. You should also check our partner’s website for information regarding its privacy policies.

5.2 Also, the nature of some features of our Website may require that we share personal information about you with persons or companies outside of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. For example, this may occur at a feature that enables you, via our Website, to ask questions of persons or entities that are not part of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. By responding to those features of the site, whether by email or direct entry of information on our Website, you are consenting to our transferring that information to such persons or entities.

5.3 With respect to specific registration modules, like contests, we may disclose personal information collected, and we may post a conspicuous statement on the registration module to the effect that we will be disclosing the information collected with third parties.

5.4 Finally, we may share any of the information collected from you with these other non- Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc companies in an aggregate basis. The aggregated information is not linked to any information that can identify you.

ARTICLE 6. IP Address and Log Files
6.1 We may use your IP address to administer our Website, to help diagnose problems with our server, to analyze trends, to track users’ webpage movements, to help identify you and your shopping cart, and to gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.

ARTICLE 7. Cookies
7.1 This Website may use a standard technology called a “cookie” to collect information about how you use the Website. Cookies reside on your computer and help our Website to recognize your computer’s browser as a previous visitor. This information allows us to customize delivery of information. For example, our Website may use cookies to save and remember registration information or preferences that you may have set while browsing the Website, to keep track of your shopping cart, to ensure you don’t see the same ad content repeatedly, to deliver content specific to your interests, and to save your password so you do not have to re-enter it each time you visit our site. We use cookies only to gather information as indicated in this policy.

7.2 In addition, on occasion our site may also set a “session cookie” which helps us administer the Website. The session cookie expires when you close your browser and does not retain any information about you after it expires.

7.3 Finally, we may also use an ad network provider to help present advertisements on this and other Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. websites. This ad network provider, like other advertising service vendors, uses cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies on the hard drive of your computer to serve you advertisements tailored to interests you have shown by browsing on this and other sites you have visited, and to determine whether you have seen a particular advertisement before and to avoid sending you duplicate advertisements. In doing so, the provider collects non-personal data such as your browser type, your operating system, web pages visited, time of visits, content viewed, ads viewed, and other clickstream data. The use of cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies by these ad network providers is subject to their own privacy policies, not ours, and Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. assumes no responsibility for the collection or use of such information.

ARTICLE 8. Banner Advertising
8.1 We have contracted with an ad-service to place banner advertising on our Website. All of the data provided and generated by the ad-server software remains in our possession. This feature of our Website may, on occasion, set “cookies” on your computer. Any information collected or stored by the ad-service or the cookies is treated in the same manner as other information described in this statement.

ARTICLE 9. Children’s Personal Information
9.1 Consistent with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act:

9.1.1 This site does NOT collect, use, or disclose personal information (including online contact information) of children under the age of thirteen (13).

9.1.2 In the event that a child under the age of 13 attempts to register on our site, we will NOT accept the registration and will delete information received from the child.

9.1.3 In the event that a child posts personal information in a public forum such as a chat room, we will attempt to delete that information once we become aware of it.

ARTICLE 10. Security of Your Personal Information
10.1 Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. employs reasonable security measures consistent with standard industry practice, for information collected through this Website. We believe that we have adequate security measures in place in our physical facilities to protect against the loss, misuse, or alteration of the information we collect on our Website. We also use internal protections to limit access to users’ personal information to only those employees who need the information to perform a specific job.

ARTICLE 11. Sale or Merger
11.1 If this Website is sold to, or merges with, another company not owned by Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc., you should expect that some or all of the information collected from this Website may be transferred to the buyer/surviving company. If so, CMP will seek to obligate the acquiring company to use any personal information transferred by this Website in a manner consistent with this statement, but cannot guarantee that it will be able to impose that requirement or that the acquiring company will comply.

ARTICLE 12. Legal Process
12.1 You should be aware that Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. may be required to disclose your personal information to the government or third parties under certain circumstances, such as in court or regulatory proceedings.

ARTICLE 13.  Contacting the Website

13.1        If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement, the practices of this Website, or your dealings with this Website, please contact us at: unsolved@unsolved.com.

ARTICLE 14.  general information

14.1        Choice of Law:  This Agreement and the Additional Terms shall be governed by, construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of California , as it is applied to agreements entered into and to be performed entirely within such state, without regard to conflict of law principles.

14.2        Choice of Forum:  You agree that any cause of action you or Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. brings to enforce this Agreement and/or the Additional Terms, or in connection with any matters related to this Website and/or the Privacy Statement, shall be submitted to arbitration in the County of Los Angeles, State of California, United States of America in accordance with the commercial rules and regulations of the American Arbitration Association then in effect (as amended herein), provided that said arbitration shall be heard before a single arbitrator, who shall be a retired judge, selected pursuant to such rules and regulations, and shall be conducted on an expedited basis and in confidence. The arbitrator’s decision shall be controlled by the terms and conditions of this agreement and any other agreements I may enter into with you, and shall be final and binding, and shall provide for each party to bear its own costs of arbitration and attorneys’ fees.  Each party expressly waives any right to a jury.  Judgment upon the award of the arbitrator may be entered or enforced in any court of competent jurisdiction. 

14.4        If any provision of this Agreement, or the application thereof to any person or circumstances, is held invalid or for any reason unenforceable then such provision shall be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that matches, as closely as possible, the original provision, and the other provisions of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect.  The failure of either party to insist upon strict performance of any provision of this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of any provision or right.  Unless expressly provided otherwise, this Agreement is the entire agreement between you and Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. with respect to the use of this Website and shall not be modified except in writing, signed by an authorized representative of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc.

ARTICLE 15.  European Union and Other Foreign Nations

15.1        This Website is governed by and operated in accordance with the laws of United States of America and is intended for enjoyment of residents of the United States.  Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. makes no representation that this Website is governed by or operated in accordance with the laws of other nations.  By using this Website and submitting any personal information, visitors from outside of the United States acknowledge this Website is subject to U.S. law, consent to the transfer of personal data to the U.S., and waive any claims that may arise under their own national laws.