Kristen Noel David had a bright future ahead of her. The 22-year-old was a senior at the University of Idaho, pursuing a double major in broadcast journalism and political science.
On the morning of Friday, June 26, 1981, Kristin set out from her apartment in Moscow, Idaho, on her blue, 10-speed bike and headed south on Highway 95 towards Lewiston. She was eager for the challenging ride ahead of her, but her trip was interrupted and her life was tragically cut short. Kristin was last seen alive along the same highway outside the town of Genesee, where she was approached by a man driving a brown van. A week later, her remains were discovered in the Snake River, west of Clarkston, Washington.
Witnesses described the suspect as a white male, approximately 30 years old, around 5’10” tall and roughly 180 lbs. He was also described as being stocky or husky with a beard. The suspect’s hair and beard were described as brown by one eyewitness and red or “reddish” by another. However, no other eyewitnesses provided a specific hair or beard color. The man may have shaved his beard or taken other steps to change his appearance after the crime. The suspect drove a well-kept brown van bearing yellow license plates with dark lettering. It’s unknown if the suspect was the van’s registered owner or whether the yellow plates properly corresponded to the van. The vehicle may have had a sliding side door on the passenger side, two swing-out rear doors, each with a window, and the van may have been somewhat customized.