BOSTON — Massachusetts authorities, who said earlier this week they had finally identified the “Lady of the Dunes,” the woman whose mutilated body was found on Cape Cod in 1974, are now seeking information about a man who she could have married.
The late Guy Rockwell Muldavin is believed to have married Ruth Marie Terry in February 1974, just months before the 37-year-old Terry’s body was found in Provincetown, according to a statement released Wednesday by state police. Provincetown and the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office.
Investigators are asking anyone with information about Terry or Muldavin’s whereabouts in New England in 1973 or 1974 to contact them.
Muldavin, described as an antique dealer who also used the names Raoul Guy Rockwell and Guy Muldavin Rockwell, was a suspect in the death of a previous wife and daughter-in-law in Seattle in 1960, according to media reports at the time. . He was arrested in New York and charged with “illegal theft”. He died in California in 2002, according to his obituary.
The death of the “Lady of the Dunes” was one of Massachusetts’ most enduring and frustrating murder mysteries.
A young girl on a walk found the body in the dunes of Provincetown in July 1974. The woman was naked on a beach blanket with her hands severed – so she could not be identified by her fingerprints, officials said . Her skull was crushed and she was nearly decapitated. The cause of death was determined to be a blow to the head and authorities believe she was killed several weeks before her body was found.
Joseph Bonavolonta, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston division, told a news conference on Monday that Terry, a Tennessee native, was identified through investigative genealogy, the use of DNA analysis in combination with traditional genealogical research and historical records.
Terry, whose aliases include Teri Marie Vizina, Terry M. Vizina and Teri Shannon, also had ties to Michigan and California, authorities said.
For decades, authorities have attempted to identify him by exhuming his remains, performing clay model facial reconstruction and releasing age regression drawings of his face. Investigators had long said she had long red or auburn hair and they believed she was between 20 and 40 years old.
They said Monday the next step was to identify his killer.