On Sept. 1, 1979, a family picking cattails found a body down an embankment, near Indiana and West 82nd Avenue. The body was later identified as Linda Hutchings, a 17-year-old Arvada resident, who was reported missing to the Arvada Police Department on August 15, 1979.
Hutchings was last seen at a friend’s apartment in Lakewood. In the early morning hours of August 15, she left a note indicating she was going home. Friends believed Hutchings had intended to hitchhike. She was last seen wearing white jeans, a white peasant-style top with embroidery and tennis shoes. Hutchings may have been wearing a red coat.
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