When a geologist and a wilderness guide go camping in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, the last thing anyone expects is for the experienced outdoorswomen to fail to return. Their brutal double-homicide rocks Shenandoah National Park and sparks a decades-long FBI investigation in this episode of Last Seen Alive.
Julie (left) and Lollie (right) smile together during their trip to Shenandoah National Park
Julianne “Julie” Williams was an accomplished academic and geologist.
Laura “Lollie” Winans was a wilderness guide known for her adventurous spirit.
Taj, a golden retriever, accompanied Julie and Lollie during their Shenandoah trip and was found wandering the woods alone after their murder.
Mugshot of Darrell David Rice, who was charged with capital murder of Lollie and Julie. The charges were dismissed without prejudice and are therefore eligible to be reinstated.
A sunset seen from Hawksbill Summit, where Lollie and Julie enjoyed the view on the last day of their lives. Photo by Brett Raeaburn, from National Parks image gallery.
Skyline Drive spans 105 miles within Shenandoah National Park. Julie and Lollie camped just half a mile from the scenic thoroughfare during the last night of their lives. David Darrell Rice (suspect in their murders) was imprisoned for 11 years for attempting to abduct another woman who was biking on Skyline Drive in 1996. Photo by Neal Lewis, from National Parks image gallery.
A scenic view from Shenandoah National Park, where Julie and Lollie spent the last days of their lives in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Unknown photographer, from National Parks image gallery.