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Baird was last seen at the Fina gas station in the 200 block of south Highway 89 in East Layton, Utah on July 4, 1975. She was employed there as a service station attendant. A police officer on patrol saw her working alone there, and at 5:30 p.m., less than fifteen minutes later, she was discovered missing. There was no evidence of robbery and no indications of a struggle, but about $10 worth of gasoline from the station's pumps had not been paid for. Baird's car was found locked and parked in the station lot where she'd left it, and her purse was inside the station, containing her medication and $167 in cash from a recently cashed check.
Investigators questioned Baird's her ex-husband and two male friends, in her case. All of them had been out of state at the time she disappeared and passed polygraph examinations, so they were cleared of suspicion.Baird left behind a four-year-old son. It's considered unlikely that she would have left of her own free will. Just before her disappearance, witnesses saw a truck at the station; it was never identified and it's unclear whether it had anything to do with her case.
Authorities believe Baird was a victim of the serial killer Theodore Robert "Ted" Bundy, who was executed in Florida in 1989. He was convicted of several murders and is suspected in scores more, including in the disappearances of Ann Marie Burr, Lynette Culver, Julie Cunningham, Susan Curtis, Georgeann Hawkins, Vicki Hollar, Rita Jolly, Debra Kent, Donna Manson, Denise Oliverson, Nancy Wilcox and other young women. The women continue to be listed as missing persons. Their remains have never been recovered.
It should be noted, however, that Bundy never confessed to Baird's murder and in several ways her abduction doesn't fit the profile of his other crimes. Bundy never drove a truck, and Baird was the only presumed victim to be abducted from a gas station. Baird's case remains open and unsolved.
Davis County Sheriff's Department