It was the mid 1990's before I stumbled upon the 2.2 mile measurement within several of our unsolved murder cases in this area.
I didn't know much about Jill Bohl's case back then -- didn't know where her car had been located -- didn't even know about the tire tracks leading up to her dead body -- but I would. By the time I got finished I'd know a whole lot about Jill's case, and with each piece I learned, I became ever more convinced that Jill Bohl had not committed suicide -- no more than Dawn Holiday had committed suicide.
After a few weeks of talking to people I pieced the story back together.
Jill had been stationed in Louisiana, and her vehicle bore Louisiana tags on it. The car had sat along a back road for nearly a week before it was reported. By that time Jill was already dead, but the person who reported the car had not made the connection. The car was near a power station -- something else I'd noticed in these cases; power company right of ways, and over-looking water. Electricity and water didn't mix -- or if it did, it was a deadly combination.
I'd known a man one time whose grandfather had been struck by lightening and killed during a storm. Guess that would be a mixture of electricity and water, wouldn't it?
Jill's vehicle was located 2.2 miles from her dead body. It seemed awfully strange to me, but even stranger was how the coroner could say she'd killed herself when there was no blood present. It was obvious that she'd bled to death, but where? And who drove the vehicle that brought her to the big oak tree overlooking the lake?
It's been nearly thirty years since Jill died. No one speaks of her case -- well, there isn't a case. The coroner took care of that, and, in his negligent wake he left a family shattered and confused.
I don't know how much insurance Jill had on her -- but however much it was, the coroner deprived her family of it. Life insurance doesn't pay for suicides .... and neither does Uncle Sam, so her family was deprived of thousands of dollars that they would have received as military benifits had our Washington County coroner not been so quick to yell suicide ..... or had the Washington County Sheriff's Department said .... 'wait a minute doc. this doesn't look like a suicide. This looks like a homicide.' But no one bothered, and so Jill didn't receive the military funeral she should have had, and her family got nothing except humiliation piled on top of their grief.
His ruling cost the pride of one of our soldiers, and a military cop. How can he sleep at night? Probably pretty well since this same thing has gone on here for years and years with one lone woman standing up in protest, case after case.
The tire tracks in the snow leading to Jill's body should have been a red flag to the police, as should the fact that she was left handed and had been shot through the left leg ..... to me that indicates she pulled her gun in self protection, and whoever killed her overpowered her and tried to wrestle the gun away from her. As it turned toward her and pointed downward, it went off and she was fatally shot through the artery in her left leg.
Another red flag should have been the fact that her car was no where near her body, and when it was found it was covered with mud (just like Dawn Holiday's car was) and there was no blood in it either. When a person bleeds to death there is a lot of blood, and if it is in the snow, it actually looks like a tremendous amount of blood.
Another 'clue' to the fact that Jill was murdered was the two black trash bags. One was found underneath her, and the other had been tossed aside and was a few feet from her body. (There was a trash bag involved in the Jenifer McCrady case too.)
And the final 'clue' to murder should have been the fact that Jill was shot with a .38 caliber bullet, fired from her own gun, but the casing had been removed. (This too sounds like the Jenifer McCrady case in as much as she too was shot with a .357 magnum, but a .38 bullet, and the casing was never found. I honestly believe, had law enforcement stopped Jill's killer, Jenifer McCrady would still be alive.)
So, for those who are interested .....
In my opinion - based upon information gathered from various sources -- Jill Bohl did NOT commit suicide.
Jill was murdered, and I believe her case fits into the same pattern as others since. I believe she was killed by a serial killer ..... the same guy who lost his grandfather in the storm!!
And I have been bold enough to tell every cop, every individual that I have come to -- Jill Bohl was murdered. Her case needs to be re-opened and this time it needs to be investigated by the U.S. Army -- the ones who should have investigated it to begin with.
If we ever get an outside agency in here to take a look at some of these cases, I believe it's only a matter of time until someone has guts enough to say to the locals --- "Coincidence, my butt, there's an obvious pattern to these cases - there's even a rhythm and rhyme to them."