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Killer Named in 1974 Death of Former Whitwell Resident

Ruth Marie Terry, born in Whitwell, TN, in 1936, was also known as Lady of the Dunes. She was a formerly unidentified murder victim found on July 26, 1974, in the Race Point Dunes in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

On February 16, 1974, she married Guy Rockwell Muldavin, an antique dealer in Reno, Nevada. Four months before her death, the couple visited her family in Whitwell.

Her body was exhumed in 1980, 2000, and 2013 in efforts to identify her. On October 31, 2022, the FBI field office in Boston announced that Terry had been officially identified.

Earlier this week (August 28, 2023), her husband at the time of her death, Guy Muldavin, has been officially named as Terry’s killer. He died in 2002 and was a suspect in other murders.