Eklutna Annie

Eklutna Annie is the name given to an unidentified victim of serial killer Robert Hansen. Her skeletal remains were found by workmen in a wooded area, just one mile south of Eklutna Lake Road in Eklutna, Anchorage, Alaska in July 1980.

She was between 16 and 25 years old at the time of her death, and her body had been discovered several months after her murder. It is thought she was murdered sometime in 1979. Her cause of death was a single stab wound to the back.

In 1984, serial killer Robert Hansen admitted to murdering Eklutna Annie. He said that he picked her up from downtown and told her he was going to take her back to his home, although he couldn’t remember if she was a prostitute or an exotic dancer. Hansen said that she was wearing blue jeans, a sweater, and a brown leather jacket when he picked her up.

Once Jane Doe realised that he wasn’t driving towards his home, she asked him to turn around and drop her back off in Anchorage. He told her that he was driving towards another safe location and that it was just a little further down the road, to which she responded “Well, I’m not!”

Hansen then pulled a gun to her and said: “You do exactly as I say and you won’t get hurt.”

Hansen said he then drove in the direction of Eklutna lake, where his car became stuck on a desolate road. After persuading her to help him free his car from the mud, Eklutna Annie attempted to run. Hansen chased after her, grabbed her by the hair and tripped her to the ground.

Eklutna Annie tried so hard to overcome his efforts, screaming “Don’t kill me! Don’t kill me!”. Hansen said he tried to calm her down by assuring her he was not going to kill her. She then responded by saying “You are! You’re going to kill me!”. Hansen then stabbed her in the back with a black-handled knife as she lay face down.

Robert Hansen was sentenced to 461 years without the possibility of parole for the murders of Eklutna Annie and three other women. He was also known to have raped and assaulted over thirty Alsaken women and murdered between 17-21 victims.

Eklutna Annie is described as being petite in stature, and most likely a white woman although she did have a degree of Native American heritage. She was between 4ft 11in and 5ft 3in, and her hair was between light brown and strawberry blonde.

She (Eklutna Annie) deserves just as much as a search for her people as any other victim, as any other survivor.” – Autumn Smith, an advocate for missing and murdered women, reflecting on the ongoing efforts to identify Eklutna Annie.

A sketch of Eklutna Annie. Credit: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Tags:

Solved Case, Unidentified, Murdered, Homicide, True Crime, Eklutna Annie, Anchorage, Alaska, 1980, Jane Doe, Unidentified Person, Unidentified Victim, Robert Hansen, Serial Killer Victim

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