Authorities said that the “Lady in the Dunes”, the victim of a Cape Cod coldcase that was identified last autumn, had been murdered by her deceased husband.
Ruth Marie Terry, 37 years old and a Tennessee native who had just married in 1974, was discovered in the sand dunes at Provincetown. Provincetown is a popular summer vacation spot on the tip Massachusetts.
Robert Galibois, Cape and Islands district attorney, announced on Monday that Guy Rockwell Muldavin was her killer .
Galibois stated in a press release that Muldavin passed away in 2002. One of the most infamous cold case in the state is now closed
Muldavin is the suspected killer, according to the authorities’ investigation of Terry’s death. The authorities did not reveal any further information about what they found during the investigation.
Muldavin married Terry only a few weeks before she disappeared.
Galibois stated that they traveled to Tennessee to visit her family after their marriage. “Ms. Terry’s family was never seen again by her family,” he said.
Galibois stated that “when Mr. Muldavin came back from that trip, it was thought that he was driving Ms. Terry’s vehicle. He told witnesses that she had died.”
Muldavin is also suspected in the deaths of another of his wives, and a stepdaughter from a 1960s Seattle case.
Ruth Marie Terry’s location
On July 26, 1974, a 12-year-old girl was shocked to see the horrific scene.
Terry’s naked, decomposing body was in a state of advanced decomposition. Her hands had been severed, “so that she could not have been identified by fingerprints.” The FBI reported that she was almost decapitated and the left side was crushed on her folded jeans.
According to the FBI, the cause of death is a blow to her head. It was estimated that she died several week before she was discovered.
She was known by the nickname “Lady Of The Dunes” for decades until she had her jaw tested at Othram in Texas, a forensics laboratory that specializes in missing persons and cold case investigations.