On December 26, 2010, not having managed to locate Bill for four days, and now sick with fear about what might have happened to Barbara, Bill and Barbara’s roommates decided to call Bill’s family in North Carolina. They gathered around the computer and punched the number into skype.
An older gentleman’s voice answered the phone. They identified themselves as Bill friends, and asked if he knew where Bill was. “Sure!” he answered pleasantly, “He’s right here. Would you like to talk to him?”
They said yes.
I wasn’t part of this conversation, but have heard about it from several of the people who were. The roommates say that they confronted Bill directly about Barbara, asking what had happened to her. According to them, Bill laughed at them for suggesting that he killed her. He made jokes, as if he could read their minds, about putting her in the board bag and throwing her over a bridge. Then he hung up the phone.
This is the last conversation that Bill had with any of his former room mates.
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Four days later, an investigation of the home by the OIJ revealed evidence that we are all familiar with, removing all doubt about whether or not Barbara Struncova was still alive.
The whereabouts of her body and of the board bag are an ongoing mystery.