By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
The news of an Iowa man being arrested in two Wyoming cold cases could mean that the mysteries of “Bitter Creek Betty” and “I-90 Jane Doe” are one step closer to being solved.
Clark Perry Baldwin, an Iowa resident, was arrested earlier this week in connection with the two murders that occurred in 1992 and a Tennessee murder that occurred in 1991.
The bodies of the two murdered women were found at opposite ends of the state, “Betty” near the Bitter Creek turnout in Sweetwater County and “Jane” in Sheridan County a little more than one month later.
Since their bodies were discovered, little has been learned about the women.
According to the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, “Betty” was found along Interstate 80 on March 1, 1992 in Sweetwater County.
She is believed to be white or Hispanic, between the ages of 24 and 32, around 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighing about 125 pounds with dark brown or black hair and brown eyes. “Betty” had a tattoo of a rose on her left breast, a Cesarean section scar on her abdomen and a one-inch scar on her left calf.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, “Betty” was found in the westbound lane of Interstate 80 and was nude. It is believed she died in early February. Her tattoo was discovered to have been done in Tuscon, Arizona.
DNA evidence taken from “Betty” was analyzed and matched evidence found on “Jane,” whose body was also dumped along a highway.
“Jane” was found on April 13, 1992 in a ditch in Sheridan County, five miles south of the Montana border near Interstate 90. She is believed to be white, somewhere between the ages of 16 and 21, about 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighing approximately 110 pounds. She gave birth at least once in her life.
Jane was found fully clothed, missing only missing her shoes and socks. It’s estimated she also died in early February.
DCI noted in a release that although the woman’s hair length, cut and curl characteristics were known, the hairstyle might not reflect the way she really wore her hair.