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Debra attended a play with her parents at Viewmont High School in her hometown of Bountiful, Utah during the evening of November 8, 1974. About 1,500 people came to see it. Debra, who was a senior at the school, left at approximately 10:30 p.m., before the play was over, to pick her young brother up from the nearby Rustic Roller Rink. Her parents stayed behind to see the rest of the performance. Debra was last seen in the school's parking lot shortly after she exited the building. Witnesses later told authorities that they heard one or two piercing screams originating from the parking lot around 10:30 p.m. that evening. Another witness stated that he arrived at the school at approximately 10:30 p.m. and saw a light-colored Volkswagen Bug speeding away from the lot.
Debra never arrived at the skating rink to pick up her brother. Her parents waited at the school until midnight before leaving. When they went into the parking lot they realized that their family's car was still in the same spot and Debra never departed for the rink. The police were called and discovered a small handcuff key laying on the pavement in the lot, but additional evidence was not recovered. The description of the Volkswagen Bug and the discovery of the key were earmarks of serial killer Ted Bundy, who confessed to Debra's murder before his 1989 execution.
A photo of Bundy is posted below this case summary. Debra has never been located, but it is believed she was one of his victims. Other young women who are still listed as missing persons but believed to be Bundy's victims include Nancy Baird, Ann Marie Burr, Lynette Culver, Julie Cunningham, Susan Curtis, Georgeann Hawkins, Vicki Hollar, Rita Jolly, Donna Manson, Denise Oliverson, Nancy Wilcox and others. Debra's brother died in a car accident several years after her disappearance and, when her parents buried him, they put up a gravestone for her next to his.
Left: Bundy, approximate date 1980s;
Right: Debra Kent's sweater
Utah Missing Person Clearinghouse