Wednesday, Dec. 10, 1997 | 10:50 a.m.
Metro Police have stepped up efforts to locate the 20-year-old missing daughter of one of their own sergeants, who is also a former missing-persons detective.
Jamie Lynn Bechyne, daughter of Sgt. Al Bechyne who worked in the missing-persons detail until January when he transferred to patrol, disappeared Nov. 26.
Nearly two weeks later, she's still missing. Her photo was released Tuesday by police.
"She disappeared under suspicious circumstances," said Lt. Craig Klatt with Metro's Missing Person's Detail.
Bechyne, who had been staying with friends and was unemployed, was last seen the day before Thanksgiving at a party at 5500 Mountain Vista St. inside apartment No. 911.
"It wasn't her apartment," said missing-persons Sgt. Al Salinas. "She was gathered there with a bunch of friends."
Salinas said he couldn't release specific details about her disappearance because of the investigation.
"Her parents are going through a lot of pain and anguish right now," he said. "Two weeks is a long time. We just hope that maybe she's scared, maybe she's out of town, maybe she just hasn't had an opportunity to call. We just hope she's OK."
He said Bechyne would "normally go about her routine, her schedule, like any independent adult who periodically contacted her parents by calls and visits."
"But she'd never go this amount of time without making an effort to contact them, which makes it unusual."
He noted that while Bechyne's father was not assigned as an investigator on the case, "he's providing us with information and doing everything he possibly can to assist us."
She is described as 5 feet 9 inches tall, under 130 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. She has a tan birth mark below her neck. Police said she may be wearing a black leather jacket and baggy Levi's. She was reported missing by her parents.
Police are asking anyone with information about Bechyne or her disappearance to call missing-persons detectives at 229-2907, 229-LOST or Secret Witness at 385-5555.