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Title: Bush,Lynn December 9,1990
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Ell - August 8, 2006 12:48 AM (GMT)
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Info in missing wife case to be released
By The Associated Press

CASPER, Wyo. - Authorities say they will release more information today about evidence that led to a first-degree murder charge against a Cheyenne man in connection with the 1990 disappearance of his wife.

David Bush, 43, of Cheyenne, was arrested at a Rawlins truck stop at 10:45 p.m. Friday. He reported his wife, Lynn Knievel Bush, missing on Dec. 9, 1990.

Initially, the case was handled as a missing-person investigation, but suspicions of homicide arose, according to a news release from the Casper Police Department. New evidence led to charging David Bush with murder, Lt. Rick Laible said Saturday.

Both Laible and Natrona County District Attorney Mike Blonigen said they could not comment on the case because it was under investigation. But Blonigen said a police affidavit will be released today.

Blonigen said he knows of no previous Wyoming murder cases in which prosecution occurred without a body having been found. Prosecution of such cases has taken place elsewhere.

"It will be somewhat different," Blonigen said of prosecutorial work in the Bush case. "It will depend on specific evidence in the case."

Theresa Bush, David Bush's stepmother, said Saturday that Lynn was special to the Bush family. "If he did it, then justice needs to be done," she said.

Larry Knievel, Lynn's father, said he got a call from detectives about 15 minutes after Bush's arrest.

"Well, they just informed me that Dave's on his way to jail," Knievel said. "I wasn't really surprised because I knew it was coming."

Knievel said he believes justice will be served. "I just wish it'd been way, way, way sooner," he said.

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Ell - August 8, 2006 12:57 AM (GMT)
DNA, persistence built case
Star-Tribune staff writer Monday, August 07, 2006

David and Lynn Bush in 1988. Photos courtesy Western History Collection, Casper College Library.

David Labon Bush, who had bragged about committing the perfect crime, left a trail of evidence that led to his arrest Friday on a charge of first degree murder of his wife Lynn Lynette Bush in December 1990, according to an affidavit filed with Natrona County Circuit Court.

On the other hand, Lynn Bush left no trail at all indicating she disappeared and resurfaced elsewhere since Dec. 9, 1990, when her husband reported her missing, according to the affidavit written by Casper police detective Kathryn Davison and filed by 7th District Attorney Mike Blonigen with the court on July 31.

Her body has not been found.

However, new DNA technology, a nationwide computer search, a review of old evidence, and recent interviews with witnesses built the case for the murder charge, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit also revealed aspects of the case that had not been made public before, such as David Bush's attempts to electrocute his wife and the disappearance of two body bags from the Wyoming National Guard.

Detective work earlier this year revealed that if Lynn Bush actually disappeared, she never reappeared anywhere; and DNA research closely linked her blood to the probable crime scene in the family's pickup truck.

Davison and other officers conducted a North American search of police contacts, arrest records, driving records or any file on Lynn Bush from December 1990 through the nonprofit NLETS, an computer-based information system.

NLETS found nothing.

Davison also determined that Lynn Bush had no credit history since her reported disappearance, that neither she nor anyone else had used her social security number for credit, and no matches existed for any missing persons or body parts filed with the National Crime Information Center.

While this search yielded nothing, new DNA technology found plenty.

Davison submitted to the Deerfield Beach, Fla.-based DNA Labs International numerous DNA samples: one from David Bush, one from David and Lynn Bush's daughter Misty, samples from Lynn Bush's parents Larry and Gail Knievel, samples from six locations in the 1985 pickup owned by David and Lynn Bush, and one from a vodka bottle found in the Bush residence.

The lab was able to reconstruct Lynn Bush's DNA by a method called "reverse paternity," according to the affidavit.

"By use of both parents and of the child as well as eliminating the portion of the child's DNA attributable by David Bush, a full DNA profile was constructed of Lynn Bush."

The six samples from different locations in the truck were hers, according to the affidavit. "The chance of this same DNA profile randomly occurring are one in 51 quadrillion."

On Sunday, Blonigen said David Bush is at the Natrona County Detention Center and he probably will make his initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court today.

Blonigen declined to comment on the case or whether authorities are conducting a new search for Lynn Bush's body, saying that it is an ongoing investigation. "So certainly that (a search) would be part of the ongoing investigation."

He did not know if other counties had affidavits or search warrants, he said.

Bush's arrest ended more than 15 years of detective work that sometimes went dormant, but never cold, he said. "I would never have called it truly closed."

Davison, with the help of other Casper police officers and agents with the Division of Criminal Investigation, pored over the original documents and interviews since the case began, according to her affidavit.

She reviewed the initial report by David Bush on Dec. 9, 1990 -- that his wife was missing as well as their 1985 Ford pickup truck with the license plate 1T-Bush. He said he found the truck, door ajar and the keys on the parking lot of Buttrey's -- now Sav-A-Lot -- on 12th Street.

The police report filed then stated David Bush appeared to act unusually, such as taking care to point out particular items of evidence.

Other reports soon after the disappearance included statements from the families of both David and Lynn Bush who believed that David Bush may have been involved in the disappearance.

Another report from the Police Sgt. Michael McMullin recounted David Bush's nervousness and evasiveness when asked questions, as well as Bush's two versions of events on Dec. 7 and 8.

David Bush admitted to McMullin that he had an affair with a woman only identified as "T.D." and that he was concerned that his wife would leave him.

Bush also said to McMullin, "'I suppose you think I electrocuted her, too,'" according to the affidavit.

Lynn Bush's parents stated in a subsequent interview that their daughter had told them about feeling strong shocks while showering. A search of the crawl space under the Bushs' house in the area of 17th and South McKinley streets found bare wires and clips that could be attached to the plumbing.

The Knievels also said Lynn's daughter -- then 2 years old -- did not want to go with her father on Dec. 9 when he came to pick her up and that he slapped her.

A search warrant executed at the Bush residence and in the pickup yielded a .41-caliber revolver, a vodka bottle in the house with what appeared to be blood on it, and multiple blood samples from the interior of the truck.

Other interviews revealed that David Bush did little to find Lynn Bush, that three different witnesses observed a vehicle with the 1T-Bush license plate driving very fast on Interstate-25 near Kaycee or in Kaycee. The Bush family regularly camped in the Outlaw Canyon area west of Kaycee.

Interviewees said David Bush made comments about having Lynn Bush's body parts in a freezer, speaking of her in a derogatory manner, that he could commit the perfect murder by getting rid of the body and never being caught, that T.T. had moved into the Bush residence and signed Lynn Bush's name to legal documents, and he threatened to kill T.D.

A person who served with Bush in the National Guard said that David Bush had taken some items and two body bags were missing from the unit.

Earlier this year, a DCI agent re-interviewed T.D.

T.D. said David Bush told her he wanted to kill his wife, T.D. told him not to do it, and he told her in a telephone conversation "'it's done'" and "'she's gone'" after Lynn Bush's disappearance.

Wyoming State Penitentiary inmates who knew David Bush were interviewed. Bush had been convicted of crimes unrelated to his wife's disappearance including voter fraud, possession of a fake military ID, and burglary.

These inmates gave similar stories about David Bush's affair, that Lynn Bush had threatened to call law enforcement about items her husband had taken from the National Guard, that he never spoke well of her, that he had killed her and buried her, and that he believed he got away with the crime.

Blonigen knows that prosecuting a murder case without a body will require altering strategies about showing proof of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt, he said.

"It's happened in other jurisdictions," he said. "The issues aren't insurmountable."

Reporter Tom Morton can be reached at (307) 266-0592, or at

oldies4mari2004 - August 19, 2006 04:08 PM (GMT)

Lynn Lynette Bush

Above: Lynn, circa 1990

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: December 8, 1990 from Casper, Wyoming
Classification: Endangered Missing
Age: 26 years old
Distinguishing Characteristics: Lynn's maiden name is Knievel.

Details of Disappearance

Lynn was reported missing by her husband, David Labon Bush, on December 9, 1990. He stated he had last seen her the day before, when she went to the Buttrey's grocery store on 12th and Beverly in Casper, Wyoming. She never returned home. The next day, David found her pickup truck, a 1985 Ford with vanity license plates reading 1T-Bush, in the parking lot with the door ajar and the keys on the ground. A receipt inside the vehicle showed Lynn had purchased groceries at 5:30 p.m. on December 8.
David stated he did not report his wife missing sooner because he thought she had left of her own volition to get back at him for his marital infedelities. Photographs of David are posted below this case summary.

Lynn's loved ones did not believe David's story, as the couple's toddler was left behind and they did not believe Lynn would abandon her daughter. Lynn's parents fought for and won custody of the child after Lynn's disappearance. David was subsequently charged with several crimes unrelated to his wife's disappearance, including burglary, voter fraud and possession of false identification. Lynn was declared legally dead in 1999.

In August 2006, David was charged with first-degree murder in connection with his wife's disappearance. Authorities stated they had uncovered new evidence which lead to the charges. Among other things, Lynn's blood was found in the family's pickup truck and in a vodka bottle inside David's house. David had allegedly made incriminating statements to others, speaking of having Lynn's body in a freezer and telling cellmates in jail that he had beaten and shot his wife. After Lynn's disappearance, David's girlfriend moved into the Bush home and forged Lynn's name on legal documents. A person who served with David in the National Guard said David had taken several items from the unit, including two body bags, around the time Lynn disappeared.

David is awaiting trial for Lynn's alleged murder. Her remains have not been recovered, but foul play is suspected in her case due to the circumstances involved.

Left: David Bush, circa 1990;
Above: David Bush, in 2006

Investigating Agency
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Casper Police Department

Source Information
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Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

Last updated August 16, 2006; casefile added.

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monkalup - October 14, 2006 01:58 AM (GMT)

monkalup - April 30, 2010 01:39 AM (GMT)
Bush claims brother responsible for killing

Casper man appeals murder conviction
StoryDiscussionBy JOSHUA WOLFSON - Star-Tribune staff writer | Posted: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 12:00 am | 1 Comment

Font Size:Default font sizeLarger font sizeA Casper man serving a 45-year to life sentence for murdering his wife has filed a federal appeal suggesting his brother carried out the killing.

In court papers filed last week, David Bush argued he was denied a fair trial when a Natrona County judge ruled he couldn't offer evidence implicating his brother, Glendol Bush. David Bush, whose 2007 conviction came almost 17 years after his wife's disappearance, made similar arguments during his state appeal, which was rejected by the Wyoming Supreme Court.

The evidence would have clearly established Glendol Bush had the potential to be Lynn Bush's killer, according to the new appeal, which was filed by Diane Courselle, director of the University of Wyoming's Defender Aid Program, and intern Megan Ihle.

"The state was allowed to bring in a parade of witnesses all claiming Mr. Bush made strange, potentially incriminating statements," they wrote in documents filed in U.S. District Court for Wyoming. "Glendol's far more explicitly incriminating statements, confessing to Lynn Bush's murder, were excluded."

The body of David Bush's wife, Lynn Bush, has never been found. He reported her missing on Dec. 9, 1990, and told police he found her pickup in a grocery store parking lot with the driver's door slightly ajar and her keys on the ground.

Investigators began to focus on David Bush soon after his wife's disappearance, but it was not until 2006 that prosecutors charged him with her murder.

Before his trial, Bush's lawyers sought to present testimony from a prison inmate who said Glendol admitted to the killing. They also asserted Glendol Bush was in Casper at the time of the disappearance.

Prosecutors maintained Glendol Bush wasn't in Wyoming at the time. They also challenged the credibility of the prison inmate's statements.

The trial judge ruled defense attorneys hadn't provided enough evidence to present Glendol Bush as an alternative suspect during the trial. That refusal was contrary to precedent established by the U.S. Supreme Court, David Bush's attorney argued in his latest appeal.

"Where the identity of the person responsible is at issue, as it was here, proper application of the constitutional right to present a defense required David Bush be permitted to present evidence that his brother Glendol Bush was actually the person responsible for Lynn Bush's disappearance," the appeal states.

Since the Wyoming Supreme Court's ruling, an inmate at Wyoming State Penitentiary claimed he saw Glendol Bush kill Lynn Bush and also helped him dispose of the body. David Bush is investigating this information, but doesn't have a forum in the Wyoming courts to seek relief based upon it, according to his appeal.

In 2009, Glendol Bush pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a teenage girl. He is serving a prison sentence of up to 40 years.

Reach reporter Joshua Wolfson at (307) 266-0582 or at Visit to read his blog.

monkalup - January 30, 2011 03:13 AM (GMT)
Lynn Lynette Bush

Missing Since December 8, 1990 from Casper, Wyoming
Classification Endangered Missing
Age 26 years old
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female.
Lynn's maiden name is Knievel.

Lynn's husband David reported her missing on 9 December. He said he last saw her on the 8th. Lynn's pick up truck, a 1985 Ford with vanity license plates reading 1T-Bush, was found in the parking lot of Buttrey's grocery store on 12th and Beverly in Casper with the door ajar and the keys on the ground on the 10th of Dec. A receipt inside the vehicle showed Lynn had purchased groceries at 5:30 p.m. on December 8. Her husband confessed to marital infidelity and claimed this is why he felt his wife had left him. Lynn left behind her daughter and her family says she would not have abandoned her daughter. After her disappearance, Lynn's family fought for and won custody of Lynn's young daughter. In Aug 2006 David was charged with, and later convicted of, her murder. Her body has never been found.

Casper Police Department 307-235-8225

monkalup - April 10, 2012 01:00 AM (GMT)
Appeals court rejects man's murder appeal

Story Published: Mar 29, 2012 at 1:01 PM MDT

Story Updated: Mar 29, 2012 at 1:01 PM MDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected an appeal from a Wyoming man convicted of murdering his wife.

A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Wednesday rejected an appeal from David Bush. He's serving a sentence of 45 years to life.

A state jury in 2007 found Bush guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Lynn Bush. She disappeared in Natrona County in 1990 and her body has never been found.

David Bush had argued that the Wyoming court system violated his rights by prohibiting him from arguing that his brother might have been responsible for the crime.

Wednesday's appeals court ruling upheld an earlier decision by U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson of Cheyenne rejecting Bush's arguments.

monkalup - May 20, 2012 01:06 PM (GMT)

Weeks of testimony end in Bush conviction
StoryDiscussionWeeks of testimony end in Bush conviction
CORY MATTESON Star-Tribune staff writer | Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2007 12:00 am | Loading…

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Larry Knievel, father of Lynn Bush, answers questions at the Natrona County Courthouse Tuesday after David Bush was accused of second-degree murder of Lynn Bush.
Photo by Ryan Soderlin, Star-Tribune ...After an afternoon of deliberations, the jury found David Labon Bush guilty of second-degree murder in the disappearance of his wife, Lynn Lynnette Bush, who disappeared more than 16 years ago.

The jury's verdict was reached just after 9 p.m. Tuesday, hours after attorneys presented their closing statements in the 10-day trial. The prosecution contended that the 10 days of testimony showed that the defendant was guilty of killing his wife, Lynn Bush, 16 years ago. The defense argued that the state's case left too much to the imagination. And 7th District Court Judge David Park told the jurors it was their job to decide.

The prosecution painted a picture of a broken marriage, a fed-up wife and a controlling, adulterous husband who talked about killing people, burying the body and getting away with murder.

The defense contended, there was a marriage Lynn Bush has vowed to everyone - including the women she knew had affairs with her husband, David Bush - would work. There was an unfaithful but loving husband who didn't control his wife and gave her plenty of time to herself, and a few sentences spoken by the defendant over several years that witnesses may have taken out of context, if they were ever spoken at all.

The prosecution told of a girlfriend on the side who heard David Bush talk about killing his wife on the day that everyone but David Bush says they lost contact with her. There was a truck with weighted bags flowing out the back speeding incredibly towards Kaycee on a Saturday morning. There's a girl in the vehicle who showed through words and behaviors months later that she saw something awful happen to her mommy that weekend.

Or there was a family sleeping in bed together on a Saturday morning after watching a movie Friday, looking at Christmas lights and listened to music in the pickup on a mild December night. There were errands for David Bush to do Saturday and a poker party to prepare for. There was trip to the grocery store that Lynn Bush never returned from. There was an obsessed family talking about their missing daughter for the months and years that follow in the presence of an impressionable young girl.

Both the prosecution and the defense asked the jury Tuesday before deliberations to look at the evidence in the first-degree murder trial of David Labon Bush. Natrona County District Attorney Michael Blonigen said the evidence showed beyond a reasonable doubt that only one person could be responsible for Lynn Bush's disappearance sometime between Dec. 7, 1990 and Dec. 9, 1990.

"Somewhere in Wyoming, Lynn Bush lies in a cold and lonely grave," Blonigen said, "taken from her child, taken from her family by that man," pointing to David Bush.

"The defendant doesn't get a bonus 'cause he got rid of the body," Blonigen said.

He told the jury that Bush's testimony, and his previous statements to police, don't hold up against the evidence.

Believing David Bush is difficult, Blonigen said, since he started lying to police the first time he spoke with them.

On Dec. 10, 1990, a day after he called police to say he found his wife's Ford F150 abandoned in the eastside Buttrey's Grocery Store parking lot, David Bush volunteered to go down to the station. There, Blonigen said, he told detectives that he stayed at home Dec. 5 and 6, and went to the park Dec. 7.

But those first two days, he was running up credit cards made out to both him and his wife, acquiring cash with them. And on Dec. 7, he spent the day with his girlfriend, Trudy Summerford, who testified that David Bush told her that day he was going to kill his wife.

Then he went home, and began to concoct what Blonigen described as an alibi filled with holes.

David Bush has said the family decided to go camping out at Alcova Lake on Dec. 7 after watching Dances With Wolves. He said they drove home in their car and loaded up the pickup with sleeping bags and lawn chairs. But Casper police detective Pat Burgen testified that he saw those items covered in dust when he went to the Bush home Dec. 10.

They bought some vodka and purchased gas at the Paradise Valley Mini Mart, both incidents confirmed through witnesses or surveillance video. But Blonigen referred to a receipt found in the truck, for $26 of gasoline purchased the day before.

"He doesn't need it to drive to Alcova," Blonigen said. "He needs it to drive to Kaycee."

Blonigen talked about the witnesses who saw the truck in or near the small town that weekend.

Those people who testified were just ordinary citizens coming forward, Blonigen said. Then there were experts who linked DNA found from blood in the truck and on the vodka bottle to Lynn Bush. And there were counselors who said Misty Bush suffered post traumatic stress disorder, caused by witnessing her dad do something awful to her mom.

Defense attorney Kerri Johnson said the information the defense brought forward left a lot for the jury to speculate about. She then reminded the jurors that they're not allowed to speculate.

Was Lynn Bush leaving her husband on that December 1990 weekend, as Blonigen said during opening statements? Only Michelle Longwelde, Lynn Bush's sister, testified that she'd heard that firsthand during a Dec. 7 phone call, Johnson said.

The many witnesses who said they knew Lynn Bush well and talked to her often - Carmen Molina, Shawn McAleer , Lynn Bush's own parents - never knew she was leaving, Johnson said.

The witnesses who said David Bush talked about burying bodies and the perfect murder were another subject of speculation on Johnson's part.

"They come in here and they make these statements that make you go, 'Hmm, did he say that?'" Johnson said.

If he did talk to them about bodies and murder, Johnson argued, why did they wait so long - in some cases 16 years - to tell authorities of these damning comments David Bush said then? Wouldn't a true friend run to the police?

Johnson then went after Summerford, who was known as Trudy Dooling in 1990 and also as David Bush's girlfriend at the time of his wife's disappearance.

On the stand, Summerford said David Bush spent the day with her on Dec. 7, 1990. She said that they drove up to Casper Mountain, where David Bush would talk only about killing his wife and threatened to kill her if she ever said anything.

But she began cooperating with police almost immediately after that day, Johnson said, and even wore a wire later that week. She allowed police to search a trailer that she and David Bush shared in 1992, and spent six hours with police during that time. Not once did she say anything about that day on the mountain.

She testified that a trip to Casper Mountain in 1993 jarred loose the memories, and that she finally told investigators about that day after the case opened back up in the spring of 2004. Johnson said the jury shouldn't buy it.

The truck may have had some of Lynn Bush's blood in it, Johnson said. The vodka bottle may have been found inside with blood on it. Witnesses may have seen bags flapping outside the truck. But it doesn't add up to murder, Johnson said.

"You have to speculate and the law doesn't allow you to speculate," Johnson said.

She said that the evidence in this case is circumstantial, a statement to which both sides have agreed. Johnson said that the jury must link together a chain of facts to prove that the crime committed. The state, Johnson told the jury, only offered random facts thrown at a wall.

Statements like those made by Larry Knievel, Lynn Bush's father, might sound good, Johnson said. He testified that he knew David Bush killed his daughter the moment he looked in his eyes.

"In the court of public opinion, that's OK," Johnson said. "In the court of law, it's not."

Contact reporter Cory Matteson at (307) 266-0589 or

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