Steve would start working again at Wild Iris, and he would begin fixing up the house he and Amy have yet to occupy together. “I’m working three part-time jobs, but it’s not enough. By the weekend, the company of searchers grew to nearly 200. He takes a listless bite and puts it down before patiently answering yet another reporter’s questions. Jo Anne Wroe's face is pulled long. She was seen at a local photo shop at approximately 2:30 p.m. that afternoon; employees at the store said she seemed to be in a hurry and looked at her watch … What, in the face of willpower like Amy's, is 33 minutes? But not all local runners care to participate. But Sisyphus’s task was absurd; his rock just kept rolling back down. “I had intended to run,” says Jennie Myers, a 36-year-old nurse who used to win most local road races until Amy moved to town. New leads—most well intentioned, some frivolous, a few bizarre—continue to flow in. The investigators turn stone-faced, but Bechtel is free to go. Amy." Authorities confiscated bats, metal pipes, and a nine-millimeter pistol. publicity—came and went. “She’ll just have to prove them wrong again.”, Nearly two decades have passed since Amy Wroe Bechtel disappeared, and few leads have since emerged. On a side wall, scores of routes are listed by category: Easy, Tricky, Hard, Desperate, Savage, Hoss. It is 7,500 souls living a mile above sea level. After a bit, he spoke with Todd Skinner and Amy Whisler next door, but they hadn't seen Amy since midday. The close working relationship between law-enforcement officials and the recovery headquarters is abruptly severed. And if he doesn’t find Amy, then the methods he’s developed will help some other family find their lost girl.”. The search is out of the woods, onto the computer screen. Amy notes the mileage as she passes the Bruce’s Bridge parking lot, the start of the hill race. He was convicted of the 1988 rape and murder of an eighteen-year-old Lisa Marie Kimmel. The two camps become more or less clearly defined: Amy’s parents and brother, law-enforcement officials, and old-school Landerites on one side; Bechtel and the local climbing community on the other. "We know what we're doing," says Dave King, the Fremont County sheriff's deputy who became the case's lead investigator. Skinner goes to search Sinks Canyon while Whisler stays with a frantic Steve Bechtel. But Amy, strangely, has left nothing. “Now, I wouldn’t take the test under any circumstances. That's the capsule description and it varies not a whit, whether the describer is an acquaintance, like Strom, or a family member, or a close friend. “Real small,” he repeats softly. Stuffs her into the trunk, and he’s out of the county and dumps her inside of an hour…”. Or they could be those who are angry and confused by Steve's refusal to take a lie detector test. ATVs scampered over the land. And so the imagination moves into a more dire realm, but one in which it is still possible to invest the missing person with the qualities of one's own, most survivable self. Someone in northern California wanted a nanny. I feel foolish sometimes—directing traffic that includes people who have written books about mountain search and rescue.". What happened to Amy Wroe Bechtel? All these strands, these smears, shadows, whispers, shards—they have come to naught. "This sounds strange, but we hope that she's been abducted," he says. “If I could only dredge up something else about what I saw that day. Missing persons awareness & research page. With reporters, his manner is energetically neutral, like a young surgeon describing a harrowing operative procedure. She worked as a teacher of handicapped preschoolers for many years and now substitutes in the Powell school system. There’s a good chance it will all be over by dawn. Positive mental attitude. Instead, Bechtel did its selling to companies and to governments quietly and out of public view: in boardrooms, on golf courses, in kings' palaces and prime ministers' residences, or at the site to which Steve Bechtel's chauffeur was now ferrying him -- a secluded 2,700-acre stand of redwoods 75 miles east of San Francisco called the Bohemian Grove. Captain Larry Makeshine, at tribal police headquarters in Fort Washakie, heard about Amy's disappearance soon after it happened, but Fremont County authorities never contacted his office directly. Alliances had frayed. Investigators had discovered, on the bottom of the to-do list found in Amy's car, a milepost description of landmarks that she apparently jotted down, while referring to her odometer, along the first section of the proposed 10k race route—one more indication that Amy herself drove the Toyota up into the mountains before she disappeared. Amy Bechtel. She wasn't, by all accounts, very good, but she kept at it through high school in Douglas and at the University of Wyoming. She ran a pedestrian time at Boston, but Sanchez recognized that she was just getting started. EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the 12th and final installment in our year-long examination of the adventures of Knox County farmer Harvey Devoe, who kept a diary for the year 1861, which has been annotated and published by historian Alan Borer and is available through online retailers. When it comes to his sport, however, Steve is known for a singularity of purpose unusually intense even for a big-wall climber. He programmed his computer so that when it came on, it screamed out one of Holly Hunter's lines from Raising Arizona: "Where's Junior?" Even more disturbing, the trust between Bechtel and Amy’s family starts to fray. When she showed up as a walk-on on the team at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, cross-country coach Jim Sanchez was almost embarrassed for her. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.io. It is not the gritty, extractive, assault-and-battery West of, say, Rock Springs. Warren was born September 12, 1872 in Freeport, Illinois, as the fifth child of Elizabeth and John Moyer Bechtel in a family of two boys and five girls. By the start of the hill climb, everyone was tired. Steve can’t remember, and the thought still haunts him. “I really wanted to show my support for Amy. She’d lag a quarter-mile behind the pack on long runs. Getting lost or injured near Lander is like having your house catch fire next to the fire station. And always, the piney mountains just outside town have seemed some kind of antidote to human poisons and sorrows. Amy’s at the end of it. Gatorade was on sale at Safeway for 89 cents a 32-ounce bottle, and Mr. D's, just along Main, had knocked down country-style ribs to $1.39 a pound. For probable cause they cite an unnamed witness who claims to have seen a pickup truck similar to Steve Bechtel’s racing through a Loop Road campground on the day of the disappearance, with a distraught blond woman in the passenger seat. Amy was intelligent, lissomely attractive, shy yet trusting, close to her family, quietly but ferociously determined, blond, blue-eyed…, “Is,” Steve Bechtel insists, looking out the smudged window of the couple’s small cottage on the outskirts of the town of Lander. No, there’s nothing in my journal I’m at all uncomfortable with. So on the morning of July 24, 1997, as the Bechtels distractedly outlined their schedules for each other, Amy didn’t tell her husband that she’d be running that afternoon. He should go home and make phone calls, wait to be called. No Amy. Feverish with excitement, Skinner scrambles 7 hours out of the canyon to report his findings. Skinner and Whisler are part owners of Wild Iris, the outdoor-gear store where Amy and Steve Bechtel and Mike Lilygren were on the payroll, and they own the house that Steve and Amy were renting. He dreams about Amy at night and knows, on some inchoate, instinctive level, that she’s still alive. They’re going to think that the search for Amy is over. Maybe she is a prisoner, waiting for her chance. But by 5 a.m. there’s no call saying she’s found, so Williams heads back out to Sinks Canyon. In 1995, a self-described "hobo" was committed to the state hospital after being convicted of four of the attacks. Meanwhile, plans go forward to hold the Loop Road hill race in Amy’s honor. Nearby, there’s no good set of footprints, even though Amy was wearing a relatively unusual pair of trail-running shoes. Amazingly, Amy started to improve through the ’94 indoor season. Two or three dozen psychics have offered their services. The runners would puff up a series of switchbacks not far out of town and then jump into Frye Lake and finish up with a picnic. There have been unsolved murders. The sighting was reported at a little before 5 p.m., the same time that Steve was phoning Ed Sherline from his house in Lander, a 40-minute drive from the campground. Steve Bechtel enters the garage from across the street. If she had been attacked by a mountain lion or a bear, searchers should have found disheveled underbrush, scraps of clothing, blood, remains. Mike Lilygren, who accompanied Skinner on that 1995 Pakistan climb, lived last summer in number seven. They said they didn't want to cause a stir, to have the families' choppy sorrows upstage an event that should focus exclusively on Amy. The last four walkers are approaching the line as one, holding hands: Amy's mother, Jo Anne; Amy's sister, Casey; Casey's young daughter, Jillian; and Jillian's friend, Hanna. Here was a one-bedroom apartment for rent: $350 plus utilities. The family moved to Jackson in 1973, not long after Amy was born, and Duane was city manager there and later in Douglas and Powell. He wanders next door to talk to Skinner and Whisler. Because if an abductor doesn’t kill his victim right away, he tends to develop a relationship with her. Amy's disappearance prompted an all-out response from the county's search-and-rescue volunteers, many of whom are NOLS staff and students; from Lander's extended climbing community; and from Amy and Steve's family members and a number of their college friends. “The worst moment was definitely the last day, the day we came down out of the mountains,” Williams acknowledges. “No, I did not have anything to do with my wife’s disappearance. A half-hour later, while Irvine was at the desk talking to a prospective member, Amy popped into the center again, sneaking across the lobby to pick up a bagful of cans and bottles for the recycling center. No boyfriend-on-the-side. ", In Steve and Amy's house, across the street, taped to the group's central computer, is another: "You've got a date with the ultimate burn.". Later, both men’s phone records show that the call was placed at 4:43. A lost person inevitably sheds some trail of small items—a gum wrapper, a tissue, a comb. Beneath Lander's just-folks exterior is a town that has not been able to fence itself off from trouble. During the next week, Bechtel begins feeling more pressure to take the polygraph test. Skinner went on to Mali to climb Fatima, a 2,000-foot quartzite tower. They said that Steve had already submitted to four formal interviews with the investigators, and they pointed to study after study about the unreliability of polygraph tests. By now, Steve and his friends have learned to discriminate between the promising and the ludicrous. But only for one semester; next fall he’d have to give the scholarship back to a faster woman. “After this, you’re going to look at him in a completely different light.”. No shred of clothing to suggest she’d fallen and injured herself. Busy with his customer, Irvine didn’t bother waving back. "I'm not questioning it," he said, several weeks after the FBI had come and gone, "but if I'm going to be quoted, I'd say I've never seen it done that way before. She tended to listen rather than confess. Still, Lander retains a sense of itself as a friendly, essentially innocent sort of place. He was born Feb. 14, 1927, in Stoutland, to Cecil Bechtel and Birtie Tolbert Bechtel, who preceded him in death. Nels and Teresa didn't attend the hill climb. Steve is the heart." She parks here, pointing the front of the Toyota uphill. But the Toyota affords a curious scarcity of clues. Round, scholarly glasses, a scatter of pimples and a fuzzy brush cut lend him a soft, boyish air. Runner's World participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means we may get paid commissions on editorially chosen products purchased through our links to retailer sites. Meanwhile, a … The group has mailed out or directed "satellite" volunteers to mail out more than 80,000 flyers. The seeds of worry. Three days earlier, Amy and Steve had closed on a new house a mile toward the center of town from Lucky Lane, and she was busy organizing a 10k hill climb, scheduled for September 7. “I’m not done yet,” he says. They shared over 49 years of marriage. He lives in the same house in Lander he was moving into with Amy the day she disappeared. "You want to be lean, skinny, wiry, small, compact, like me. A few agents leave the room. Meanwhile, a new lead detective, John Zerga from the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, was recently assigned the case and is re-examining details about the initial investigation’s mismanagement, and the myriad twists and turns in the case over the years. Her pale blond hair is a shiny cap, her skin golden, her carriage slim and erect, her dress a simple, sleeveless column of white. A suspect in Amy's case is Dale Wayne Eaton, who is presently the only inmate on Wyoming's death row. Those 'almost' moments. She rattles onto the gravel, slips into lower gear and begins climbing the Loop Road, a graded road that gains 2,000 feet in elevation in its first 6 switchbacking miles. A vehicle has one way in, one way out. Interesting—” the eyes bore in on him, “except her hair was too long. His initial response was that he would take it, but the next day he had a lawyer, Kent Spence [son of famed defense attorney Gerry Spence], and he refused the test.”. The lack of clues grows more disturbing as the searchers range farther from the car. The talk turns to the case of Kari Swenson, the Montana biathlete who went for a run one day in the ’80s and was kidnapped by renegade mountain men for “breeding” purposes. Landerites cast wary glances at Jackson's log palaces, its sleek fleets of celebrities and wannabes and wealthy kids who fall from the sky in western costumes and $300 haircuts for some quality mountain time. She’d call, leave a note, get in touch somehow. Todd Skinner, their de facto captain, lives in number ten with his wife, Amy Whisler, also a climber. "I expected her to come stumbling out of the woods," said Billings. Share. Through the Maverick Bar where the town’s old guard gathers. Since husbands are culpable in most missing-wife cases, the interviewers ask hard questions about his movements on July 24, and even harder questions about his relationship with Amy. Meanwhile, the recovery headquarters maintains its Herculean efforts. The keys were under Amy's to-do list on the passenger seat, next to her $120 sunglasses. There was Steve, greeting friends, being hugged. Todd Skinner and Amy Whisler own number 8 and rent number 9 to Amy and Steve Bechtel. IN THE NORTHWESTERN PORTION OF WYOMING, the weather turns stormy the afternoon of July 24, and Steve Bechtel and his friend choose to scout routes rather than climb. A few weeks before the race, Amy's parents and siblings met with the FBI and the Fremont County sheriff's office and poured out their anxiety. The photo, shot by Amy Wroe Bechtel, placed third in the action category in a local contest. Eight years ago Sunday, she was last seen in Lander, the central Wyoming town where she had moved with Steven Bechtel, her husband of 13 months, to join a community of ardent high- country athletes. Armies of volunteers pitch their tents. Beneath Lander's just-folks exterior is a town that, like most others, has not been able to fence itself off from trouble. 21. Bechtel says he wants a lawyer. $10,000 REWARD. Open the door and no Amy. He calls her parents, his parents, Amy’s sister Jenny. Further, Steve and Spence accused the cops of picking at straws in the wind, of relying on "profiles" of perpetrators, of wasting their energy badgering and frightening Steve when they could be tracking down potentially fruitful leads and suspects. No pets. Statistics might say she’s probably dead now, but until I know for certain, I’m going to assume that she’s alive, that we’re going to find her, and that she’s going to come back to us.”. The FBI's National Crime Information Center listed approximately 35,000 adults missing at the end of 1997. "I guess I'm the mind; Lilygren, the good spirits, the sense of humor. During the night, the number of climbers and other friends searching for Amy has swelled to 25. She gave a quick wave goodbye. The Amy Wroe Bechtel Recovery Headquarters has plastered her picture over the Internet and mailed more than 200,000 posters around the nation. Page 5- Amy Bechtel Unsolved Mysteries. Two days earlier, Amy had been certified as a trainer. Jo Anne, her voice taut, adds, "Later I thought, Why didn't we just make her come that day? Steve's plan was to drive with his yellow lab, Jonz, to Dubois, 75 miles north, meet his friend Sam Lightner, and scout some possible new climbing routes at Cartridge Creek. Steve and his friend Kirk Billings grabbed lanterns, a sleeping bag, and matches and drove to Burnt Gulch. The best runner on campus and the best climber. In June 2003, a Timex Iron Man digital watch was discovered by a doctor hiking near the Popo Agie River and was turned in to police. Beyond that, there is murder. It’s people in Berkeley or Brooklyn who vanish. It has to. I started wondering if I wanted to support him or not…If he’s still a suspect, and he has the money to hire a big-shot lawyer, do I need to be giving him my race entry fee, too?”. When he spoke again, it had returned to full strength. Die Strong!" And so her life, and the lives of those who care most about her, are suspended. Two women, including Steve's sister Leslie, stuff envelopes with canary-yellow flyers—a photo of Amy, her vital statistics, the date and place of her presumed abduction, a phone number to call, a heading: HAVE YOU SEEN AMY? Twice she was named WAC runner of the week, and by season’s end she finished eighth in the conference. The residents, many of them, are young, ardent, competitive rock climbers. There were only a car, some keys, sunglasses, and a to-do list, with four of its 13 items checked off. On the way back to town, at Burnt Gulch, Wendy noticed a "dirty white vehicle" but had no reason to connect it with the young runner they'd seen earlier. To glimpse even a measure of these things, you could return, perhaps, to a moment in September, nearly three hours after the first runner in the Amy Bechtel Hill Climb crossed the finish line at Frye Lake. These are friends of the Bechtels who turned out instantly on the night of the disappearance; who left school, abandoned jobs, and aborted climbing expeditions to rush to Lander and search the woods. Search headquarters has moved from the mountains and into town, and the taciturn, professionally noncommittal FBI agents, after an investigative blitz that lasted a week and a half, have returned to Denver and Cheyenne and Quantico. Brush, who earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1942, established the endowed Harvey F. Brush Chair in the College of Engineering in 1989 to support a faculty member focused on interdisciplinary research and education. More water emerges than has disappeared. An intense little bohemia of mountain-town athletes—young, ardent, and competitive—lived on Lucky Lane, among them Steve and Amy Bechtel. The first cold touch. Steve and Amy met at the University of Wyoming in Laramie in December 1991, took exercise physiology classes together in the spring, and were dating by the fall of 1992. It’s the running time of day. At about 10 P.M., he called her parents to see if perhaps Amy had driven there on the spur of the moment. Then, last on her list but hardly in her priorities, her run on the mountain roads. Scattered randomly are yet more aphorisms: "Die Young! An intense little bohemia of mountain-town athletes. Across the room, Amy Whisler and Todd Skinner, the Bechtels’ next-door neighbors, tend to the chores of recovery. Find more newsletters on our, When Amy Wroe Bechtel disappeared in July 1997, everything changed for the people she left behind, our entire suite of free newsletters here. Bechtel starts writing up the phone call. Nels Wroe, Amy's brother, and his wife, Teresa, who is the director of a center for domestic-abuse victims, were shocked at what they felt were indications of violent tendencies in the writing, of obsessive thinking on Steve's part. She exists in a shadow land that we, the waiting, invest with both our fantasies and our nightmares. The town promoted itself as a friend of small business. She talked with Greg Wagner at Gallery 331 about her photos. I've got about a million things to do, and it's my only day off." "We think that is unlikely. ", The runner was swift, swifter than any town jogger clomping the pounds away. “Amy’s not around there, by any chance?”. “My fondest hope right now is that Amy left me,” Bechtel says, turning from the window. The Disappearance of Amy Wroe Bechtel – The True Crime Files Bechtel jumps in his truck and drives out. But the impulse fades, and she drives on to the end of the canyon. It has no downhill ski area and no prospect of one. Lander, however, took stock. The guy freaks out and knocks her over the head. “Okay,” Skinner shrugs. If there is a moral to their adventures—and you hear it from the Lucky Lane climbers again and again—it is that tenacity buys victory, that you can hang for a long damn time four miles above sea level and still make the top, that hopelessness, failure of will, can be lethal. We hear from our audience every day about how much they love our long-form journalism. Still, the piney mountains have always seemed an antidote to human poisons and sorrow. To regroup. She can seem tentative, forthcoming, and insightful, almost in the same breath. Not a trace or a whiff of Amy. There were Jeff, Steve's brother, and Jo Anne and Duane Wroe, and Todd Skinner. “I can’t afford to run anymore,” she told the coach. “We know you were responsible for your wife’s disappearance. At this point, everything about Amy Wroe Bechtel—her movements, her well-being, her very existence—becomes subject to speculation. Its lead story: Police Chief Dick Currah was pressing the city council to crack down on street parties. Bechtel leaves Dubois about 3:30 and arrives back at Lucky Lane around 4:30. In place of logic, movement, and resolution, there is stasis: a young face on a poster, a dusty Toyota station wagon, blinking cursors. The night is clear, windless, and relatively warm—around 50 degrees. This is a list of wealthy Americans ranked by net worth.It is based on an annual assessment of wealth and assets by Forbes and by data from the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.. I think her thinking will change, has changed.". It's not rich-thick Jackson, 160 road- miles northwest—though like many small western towns with a view, it fears it may become that. The more time goes by, the better he gets to know her, the less likely he is to kill her.”. It’s confirmed that Amy visited the recycling center. In order to keep Amy in the public consciousness, a $50,000 reward is announced. That's where you could go to relax, to breathe in deep, to listen to your best self. That he sent her to the framing shop upstairs to see about matting. No gear, no wallet, no signs. It is a punishing time. "They've made it look like Steve has something to hide.". He has since remarried … Playing tennis in Portland, Oregon. The disappearance of a world-class runner here is a mystery that has divided a family. We are not an especially admirable species. He knows by heart the lyrics to the complete works of They Might Be Giants. Amy Joy Wroe Bechtel (disappeared July 24, 1997; declared legally dead 2004) is an American woman who disappeared while jogging in the Wind River Mountains approximately 15 miles south of Lander, Wyoming. "No prisoners / No Mercy!" "Them" could be the reporters, or the volunteers in the garage. Forget the brochures, forget Jackson Hole. Amy and her husband of one year, Steve Bechtel, seemed deeply in love. Bechtel assumes, of course, that Amy’s out running. Early on, the authorities—the FBI, chief investigator Dave King, sheriff Larry Matthews—and many townspeople and even Amy's parents took the position that if Steve was innocent, he had nothing to lose by sitting for a lie-detector test. Fishing is fine, but hardly world-class. She no longer lagged during workouts. Recently, with her shinsplints, she’s only been running every other day. To gain faith—faith that the snow, the cold, will vanish. It was as if she had simply parked the car and stepped away for a breath of night air. Her movements over the next few hours remain open to conjecture. Still several more hours of light left, but it’s beginning to feel late—the deepening shadows, that quickening of the air—and with the lateness comes an irresistible urge to run. Please support Outside Online today. Did he kiss Amy goodbye before climbing into his truck that morning? Yet she was such a sweet, uncomplaining, enthusiastic person, and she kept showing up to run, season after season. Her wallet was not in the car. “As much as Eaton makes an attractive suspect, I don’t think we’re ever going to learn anything from him,” he wrote in an email to Runner’s World. Aphorisms are handwritten on the garage walls: "Miracles come after a lot of hard work." “Those people don’t know me, they don’t know Amy, so it’s just gossip,” he goes on. The houses are less than 20 feet apart and are virtually interchangeable, the couples and guests moving freely among each other’s living rooms and kitchens the way college undergrads drift among dorm rooms. We may earn commission if you buy from a link. By day four, when the weather takes an ominous turn, Williams concludes the same. Your mind on the task, on the problem and nothing else. He described himself, wearily, as "functioning, able to work and continue living." At the bottom of a well. “Okay…Okay…You bet…No problem, every detail helps…Keep your eyes open…Thanks again.”, Bechtel hangs up, tosses down the pen, turns to the expectant faces. A dozen small, identical prefab houses, jacked up and trucked from a strip coal mine in northeastern Wyoming. “I just know it had to be Amy,” Gibson says. The Disappearance of Amy Wroe Bechtel A collection of True Crime. The next best thing,” he continues, his voice rock-steady, “would be if she were being held captive. Bechtel says he understands his in-laws’ concerns, but he remains adamant in his refusal to take the test. Issues about power and control in that marriage that I’d been concerned about for a long while.”. In June she had finished paying off her student loans. Skinner and Whisler leave to search the Loop Road. Amy was a runner from the time she was 13 years old. Not in a place like Lander. Helicopters, including one equipped with infrared sensors, thwacked over the mountains for hours, days. AMY’S FIRST STOP WAS THE WIND RIVER FITNESS CENTER, where she and Dudley Irvine, the owner, taught a kids’ weight-training class. "OK..." His voice quavered. Very quickly, everyone seemed to have an opinion: the skinny, insistent drunk at the Gannett Grill who said the husband did it; the hacker on the 12th hole who was sure that someone with the wiles of a Ted Bundy had taken her away; the customer at a restaurant who said Amy was at the bottom of a nearby lake with a chain around her neck; the store owner who wondered if "maybe she just ran away." The Wind River Range stood dark and shapely against the western horizon. Winter lasts a long time in Lander. A while ago a plane crashed up there, and it took over a year to find it. Beneath Lander's just-folks exterior is a town that has not been able to fence itself off from trouble. He is often out of town, giving motivational speeches to various organizations, corporate and noncorporate. Positive mental attitude. Eventually word came that no such photos existed. Amy drove her white Toyota Tercel station wagon to the Wind River Fitness Center, another of her part-time employers, and taught an hour-and-a-half kids' class in weight training. Her jeans and T-shirt were on the bedroom floor, and her running shoes were gone. "Someone running, way up here. None of the officials involved would comment on the deliberations, though one of the subpoenaed witnesses said that the jury was mostly interested in a former acquaintance of Amy's whom authorities have been unable to locate. It parallels the Popo Agie River through Sinks Canyon State Park, where visitors can watch the river vanish into a mountain cave and then walk a quarter-mile to watch it emerge at a quiet pond called the Rise of the Sinks. Lander was the original home of High Country News, the feisty biweekly environmental newspaper (it moved to Colorado in the early eighties). 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