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Breaking News – The second season of ABC News Studios’ “Wild Crime,” Chronicling Mysterious Death in Yosemite National Park, premieres October 24 on Hulu



The second season of ABC News Studios’ “Wild Crime,” chronicling a mysterious death in Yosemite National Park, premieres October 24 on Hulu

The hit series follows detectives who make stunning revelations in a cold case from 1983 almost 40 years later


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In 1983, a tourist discovered a woman’s decomposing hand in Yosemite National Park. There have been no missing person reports or additional remains found, prompting questions among National Park Service criminal investigators Don Coelho and Kim Tucker about who this “Jane Doe” was and if she had been murdered. While searching for answers, Coelho and Tucker are contacted about a notorious Texas serial killer who claims to be behind the homicide, but without the victim’s identity and more evidence, the killer could not. wanted. The case went cold until four decades later when rookie agent Cullen Tucker, Kim Tucker’s son, identified “Jane Doe” using new DNA science. Over four hour-long episodes, the second season of ‘Wild Crime’ uncovers the truth behind ‘Jane Doe”s identity and what detectives believe happened to her and features exclusive interviews with Friends relatives of the victim and detectives in the case who reveal alleged details of the multiple alleged suspects behind his death and his time at an alleged cult in a gateway town outside of Yosemite. “Wild Crime” season two premieres Monday, October 24 on Hulu.

With hundreds of millions of visitors to America’s national parks each year, bad things are bound to happen. ABC News Studios’ “Wild Crime” original series chronicles notable crimes committed in America’s most majestic wilderness and the elite detectives who investigate them. The first season of “Wild Crime” is also streaming on Hulu.

“Wild Crime” is produced for Hulu by ABC News Studios and Lone Wolf Media. Lisa Q. Wolfinger is executive producer and director, and Rushmore DeNooyer is executive producer. Beth Hoppe is executive producer and David Sloan is senior executive producer for ABC News Studios.

EPISODE SYNOPSIS:

“A HORRIBLE DISCOVERY” (October 24)

In 1983, visitors to Yosemite National Park found a decomposing human hand at Summit Meadow. Investigators Don Coelho and Kim Tucker work for months but find no clues, missing person reports or other remains. Then suddenly they learn that Henry Lee Lucas, a serial killer from Texas, says he killed victims in a California national park. As Lucas claims more and more murders, Don and Kim begin to watch him for their case and prepare to meet and interview Lucas in person.

“A SUSPECT” (October 24)

Serial killer Henry Lee Lucas tells Don and Kim that he strangled a hitchhiker in Yosemite. The details appear to match the death at Summit Meadow, and they find evidence described by Lucas. But after months of no progress in the investigation, Kim is reassigned, and with no new leads, the case cools. Don eventually takes a new job, and with no victim identity or new evidence, Lucas won’t be prosecuted. Lucas had confessed to hundreds of murders, but dozens of his confessions were later proven to be false, adding more doubt. Kim is moving on and having twins, a boy and a girl. Without a lead, the Summit Meadow case is at a standstill.

“THE SKULL” (October 25)

Four years after the Summit Meadow case went cold, hikers found a human skull. There is no evidence that this is related to the hand discovered earlier, but it does allow for a facial reconstruction that shows what Jane Doe looked like. But it doesn’t generate any leads. Decades pass; Kim Tucker’s son Cullen is now an investigator and is given the case. Using the new science of DNA after almost 40 years, Jane Doe is finally identified! Now Cullen wonders how she ended up dead in Yosemite – and given that it was likely murder, who did it?

“VICTIM’S STORY” (October 26)

We meet Jane Doe’s childhood friends and learn about her childhood. After her brother’s suicide, she began a spiritual quest and lived near Yosemite in a so-called cult. There she may have crossed paths with two other men who may have been involved in her death. Investigators name their most likely perpetrator.

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