The Long Walk Home: The Asenath Dukat Project
Detective Ed Tyne developed a time chart that places potential witnesses in the field or on Waltham Road at every five minutes for an hour before the murder until 7:30PM. The only exception is 5:20-5:30PM. Below is a summary of that time chart. We have redacted the names of the witnesses to protect their identities.
UA Police Chief Kenneth Borror said, “That area was so busy that day, you almost needed a traffic cop. And nobody saw anything?” (UA News, August 6, 1980) Additional accounts make the timeline even more difficult to reconcile.
Asenath Dukat was last seen walking west on Waltham Road at approximately 3:20 p.m. At 7:26 p.m. that same day, her body was found in a creek bed at the opening of a culvert that ran under a service road in First Community Village.
Between 3:40-3:50 p.m., a Riverside Drive resident walked across the culvert and thought about taking a rock from the creek bed to use as a paperweight. As a result, she looked directly into the area where Asenath’s body was found.
Shortly after returning home from school, two boys who lived on Malvern started looking for Asenath. The two boys rode their bikes across the culvert two different times around 3:50-4:00 p.m.
A First Community Village resident walked in the culvert area and looked east at approximately 4:00 p.m. (Asenath’s body was found on the east side of the culvert.)
Around 4:10 p.m., two brothers arrived to the culvert area on their bicycles. They hid their bicycles in the creek bed between the west side of the culvert and Frankenstein’s cave – on the opposite side of the culvert from where Asenath’s body was found. (The service road above the culvert was 13 feet, 7 inches wide.) The brothers walked to McDonald’s, where they met a friend. At approximately 4:45 p.m., the brothers returned to the culvert area, retrieved their bikes, and rode away.
A Malvern resident was observed playing with his dog in the field near the culvert between 4:30-4:35 p.m. This man was apparently in the field as late as 5:10 p.m.
The first police cruiser was spotted in First Community Village at approximately 5:00 p.m.
A girl who lived on Malvern rode her bike over the culvert around 5:30 p.m.
At approximately 5:45 p.m., a Hillside resident walked across the culvert on her way to vote.
A Waltham resident walked across the culvert around 5:55-6:00 p.m. on her way to vote. She was with her young son, who was riding a Big Wheel. The two of them crossed over the culvert again around 6:20-6:25 p.m.
At approximately 6:15 p.m., two teenagers who lived on Malvern walked into the field near the culvert. They walked from Malvern straight towards the creek. The teenagers followed the creek east for a few hundred feet, turned around, and then followed the creek back west to a spot across from Malvern.
Over the past year-and-a-half, we’ve brought answers to the many questions. However this one remains: There were at least 13 people in close proximity to the site of Asenath Dukat’s murder between 3:40-6:25pm on June 3rd, 1980.
What isn’t in doubt is the location of the murder. Science shows she was struck by the rock at the mouth of the culvert.
Was her body in the culvert for 3+ hours and nobody saw it?
Did the murder happen in the open, in the middle of a widespread search, less than 200 feet from Malvern Road with police and neighbors in an active search of the area?