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Oct 16, 2012 7:45 PM by Dustin Klemann - MTN News

Timeline: Jesse Speer case

The following informational timeline is information directly from the court affidavit.

October 7

At approximately 4 p.m. a white Toyota 4Runner with Montana plates with a Thule cargo box enters the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Surveillance video show a white male wearing eye glasses, a tan hat, and a blue or black jacket driving the SUV.

At approximately 5:30 p.m. surveillance video shows a white Toyota 4Runner leaving the northeast gate of Yellowstone National Park.

October 8

A young female minor walks to the library at the Park County Complex with her brother and her brother's friend. They arrive at the library approximately at 12:40 p.m. and the girl meets up with her friend and a girl she did not know. The three go to the rock bridge in front of the main entrance of the Park County Complex. The girl's brother and other kids are playing in the empty pond that runs around and beneath the bridge.

Around 4 p.m., an unknown white adult male approaches the three female minors. The man, approximately 5'6" to 6' tall, having a large stomach and being stocky with short strawberry blonde hair and a mustache, wearing a tan baseball hat, a black shirt or coat, blue jeans, and brown framed glasses with a blue line on the side of the frames, approaches the girls on the bridge and asks them if they had seen a black puppy running around. The suspect asks if one of the girls would go with him to help look for the puppy. One girl initially offers to help but shortly thereafter changes her mind and says no. The suspect brandishes a handgun from his back pocket, points the gun at the girl's chest, and motions for her to get into the passenger side door of a white SUV. The girl said she did not think the other girls saw the gun because they were facing away and talking. She proceeds to get in the passenger side of the vehicles and the suspect then drives westbound, away from the Park County Complex.

The other two girls became alarmed when the other girl did not return. They called 9-1-1 to report the abduction.

The abducted girl tells the man that he can turn around because it did not look like they were going to find the dog. The man parks the car and pulls a bundle of rope from the back seat area and ties the girl's hands behind her back. The man instructs her to put her head down. She says no. The man then hits her on the back of her head with part of the gun. The girl keeps her head up and has her head partially up as they drive. The girl repeatedly asks the man to turn the vehicle around. The man repeatedly tells the girl that he knows a better way back into town.

The girl says to the man that she knows that he is going to rape her. The man tells her that he is not going to hurt her. He then pulls off of the road and stops the car. The man then assaults the girl. The girl said she saw stacks of photographs of naked young girls during the assault.

After the assault, the man puts a cloth bag over the girl's head, obstructing her view. She hears a metallic clunking sound of what sounds like a plastic trash can hit the ground. He then drives away from the area. After driving for a while, he then stops and exits the vehicle. At some point, the man takes the ropes off of the girl. The man then escorts the girl out of the back of the vehicle and walks her some distance away from the vehicle. He tells her to count to fifty before she turns around. She hears the man walk away in the direction from where they came. After opening her eyes, the girl walks down the gravel road for an estimated 10 minutes.

At 7:30 p.m an Amber Alert is issued. The alert describes a four door Toyota driven by a white male subject with an approximate age of 55 to 60-years-old enticing an 11-year-old girl to help his search for his dog. He is described as having short white hair with a white trimmed beard and wearing some type of brown top with an unknown direction of travel.

At approximately 8 p.m., Shane Larsen and Jim Laske are returning from a hunting trip on Carter Mountain, Park County, Wyoming. As they are driving down the Carter Mountain Access Road, they observe what they initially believe to be an adult woman running in black pants and a light hooded jacket with pink on it. As they near the woman, they realize it is a female child. She begins to cry and tells Larsen and Laske she had been kidnapped. Larsen gives the girl his cell phone so she could call her mother. When the girl calls her mother, the two men overhear her telling her mother that she had been kidnapped and assaulted by the suspect. The girl also says that the suspect showed her nude photographs of young girls. Laske contacts Cody Police and requests police assistance.
At 11:15 p.m., a forensic interview of the girl is conducted. She says she was abducted and assaulted by an unknown male suspect. Ligature marks on the girl's wrist and ankles, along with a small abrasion on her left lower leg are photographed.

October 9

A second forensic interview is conducted where the girl explains her account of what happened. After the interview, the girl, accompanied by her mother and investigators, shows them the route the suspect took her. As they travel the route, the girl says the suspect was looking at a map as he drove. The girl could not be certain of the exact location where the assault occurred.

October 10

Ranchers mentioned by the girl, Gary Boggiamo and Clayton Peterson who may have witnessed the SUV's route are interviewed by law enforcement and confirm seeing a white SUV at the time described by the girl.

Two juvenile male witnesses, who were hunting on Carter Mountainon the afternoon of October 8th, are interviewed. The two witnesses say they recalled seeing a white SUV that they described as being a Nissan Xterra. Specifically, they both state they believe the vehicle had Montana plates. When they are asked if the vehicle had anything on the roof of the vehicle, the two state they were sure that it did not.

During the investigation, multiple Cody and Wyoming businesses and entities provide video surveillance footage to assist investigators. Federal and state investigators place a white SUV, with a grey and black Thule cargo box mounted on the vehicle roof, in the vicinity where the girl was approached and abducted. Surveillance videos with time stamps along the route give investigators confidence that the white SUV is the suspect's vehicle.

Still images of the suspect's vehicle are printed from surveillance video and officials with Toyota Motors Corporation are consulted regarding the make and model of the vehicle. Toyota officials advise that the vehicle appears to be a Toyota 4Runner SR5 from the 2003 to 2005 models years.

October 11

The two previously mention local ranchers, Boggiamo and Peterson, are shown a photograph of the suspect's vehicle. Boggiamo and Peterson positively identify it as the vehicle they saw at the time the girl described.

A man working on Carter Mountain, Justin Peters, reports he discovered an abandoned cargo box off of the main road on Carter Mountain. A comparison of this item with the cargo box observed in the surveillance video appears to be identical to the cargo box observed on the suspect's white Toyota 4-Runner SR5. The sound the girl heard is believed to be the removal of the cargo box from his vehicle to alter its appearance.

October 12

An FBI sketch artist works with the girl to create a composite sketch of the suspect's face.

Investigators review surveillance video from the Albertson's store located in Cody. The video recorded shows the suspect's vehicle and a person walking to and from the vehicle. The male suspect in the video is wearing a blue or black jacket, with a light colored shirt, a tan baseball hat, and eye glasses with dark frames.

October 13

An FBI Special Agent reviewing the video recorded by surveillance cameras at the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park observe the described suspect vehicle entering the park on October 7th, at approximately 4 p.m. The Special Agent observes the vehicle was a white Toyota 4Runner had a Montana license plate of 6-26712A, and had a Thule cargo box on top of the vehicle. FBI observes the driver was a Caucasian male wearing eye glasses, a tan hat, and a blue or black jacket. The information is provided to the command post at Cody Police Department at approximately 11 a.m.

A query of the Montana Department of Motor Vehicles database is conducted for the license plate number observed in the surveillance video.

The results of the query link the Montana license plate assigned to a 2004 Toyota 4Runner registered to a Jesse Paul Speer. The Montana Driver's License record describes Speer as 5'11" in height, 190 pounds and having blue eyes. The photograph associated with Speer's license depicts a white male with glasses and facial hair. Speer's hair color is not listed, but his hair color is strawberry blonde in appearance. Comparisons made between the artist's rendering and the driver's license photograph resemble each other. Further comparisons between the suspect on surveillance video and Speer's license photograph appear to be the same person.

At approximately 5:30 p.m., a white Toyota 4Runner, bearing the license plate number 6-26712A is observed in Belgrade, Montana. The vehicle is stopped and Speer is detained. At the time of the stop, the vehicle no longer has the Thule cargo box. After being detained, photographs of Speer are taken and forwarded to the common post in Cody. The photographs taken of Speer have him wearing a blue jacket and brown glasses with a blue line in the side of the frames as the girl described.

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