When a medical student and military reserve officer disappears during a run through a Philadelphia park, foul play is immediately suspected. The discovery of her body incriminates a deadly serial offender who remains nameless and at large in this episode of Last Seen Alive.
Rebecca Park is remembered by her friends, family and co-workers for her sunny attitude and boundless energy. She was always moving forward, and excelled in her medical studies. She loved animals, science and medicine, and valued family and friends.
Fairmount Park is Philadelphia’s largest park, spanning over 2000 acres. In 2003, a serial offender attacked 3 female runners, assaulting 2 and murdering 1: 30 year old Rebecca Park. Photo by Frederikto.
These police sketches show the “Fairmount Park Rapist”, a Hispanic male approx. 5’8″ in height with dark hair and eyes. Notable features include scars on his chest and shoulder and broken English / a thick Central or South American accent.
Rebecca Park was 30 years old at the time of her death. Her murderer ended the life of a vibrant, intelligent and driven medical student and military reserve officer.
This wanted poster from the Philadelphia Police Dept includes sketches that portray the Fairmount Park Rapist’s scars.
This map illustrates the distance between Fairmount Park (the location of the Fairmount Park Rapist’s first 3 known attacks) and Pennypack Park (the location of his 4th and last known attack). The distance between the two parks (approx. 12 miles) is significant, considering that the F.P.R. traveled by foot or bicycle and likely preferred to target victims close to his home. Courtesy of Google Maps.
This map shows the location of Rebecca’s apartment (red marker), which she left on foot for a fatal Sunday afternoon run. A couple driving down nearby Conshohocken Avenue (circled in blue) heard what were likely Rebecca’s screams. Rebecca’s body was found inside the park (designated by green color on map) 4 days later.