Two Salt Lake County sheriff's investigators were at FBI headquarters Tuesday morning comparing notes with about 20 Ted Bundy experts from around the country.
And Salt Lake police detective Jim Bell - in charge of investigating a number of unsolved killings and disappearances in the 1980s - went along, apparently to observe.Sheriff's detectives Jerry Thompson, who investigated Bundy in the 1970s, and Dennis Couch, who interviewed Bundy Jan. 23, one day before the killer was executed in the electric chair, are meeting with investigators from around the country.
Nicknamed the "Bundy Summit," the meeting is intended to clarify information surrounding dozens of unsolved killings in several states.
"They're trying to get all the information that everyone has straightened out so we can figure out what (Bundy) actually did so people won't be using him to close homicide investigations that they shouldn't," said sheriff's detective Capt. Bob Jack.
In Utah, the confusion is over whether Bundy was responsible for eight Utah murders or five, which is what Bundy told an FBI special agent.
"That one FBI guy said there were 8 cases in Utah," Jack said. "We want to see if that's just talk or if there is something to it. Dennis never got that information from Bundy."
Bundy, 42, was executed for the murder of 12-year-old Kimberly Leach of Lake City, Fla. He had also been sentenced to die for the murders of two Florida State University sorority women.
Before the execution, Bundy met with detectives from several states and confessed to more than 20 murders.
In his interview with Couch, Bundy gave information about where he disposed of the bodies of Debi Kent, 17, Bountiful; and Nancy Wilcox, 16, Holladay. Both girls disappeared in the fall of 1974.
From the interview, detectives were led to believe that Bundy was also responsible for the deaths of Melissa Smith and Laura Aime, both 17, whose bodies were recovered weeks after they disappeared in the fall of 1974.
Hours before his execution, Bundy told a Florida prison official where Utah authorities could find a third body, believed to be that of Sue Curtis, 15, who disappeared from a youth conference at BYU.
Said Jack, "We're sure Bundy was responsible for those five: Kent, Smith, Aime, Curtis and Wilcox."
Kent's body is believed to be in Sanpete County. Wilcox's is believed to be in Garfield County, and Curtis' is believed to be in Carbon County. Searches have been hampered by cold weather and frozen ground conditions.
Salt Lake County Sheriff Pete Hayward said it's possible that Bundy could be responsible for three more homicides in Utah, including that of Nancy Baird, 23, who was kidnapped from a Davis County service station in July 1975. Bundy, however, has denied involvement in that case.
Bell's superior lieutenant and major were not exactly sure why he was in Quantico. Bell's sergeant had not returned phone calls by press time.