Carrie Olson: Mysterious Murder and Disappearance Mysteries Uncovered
Family members last saw Carrie Olson, 29, on December 28, 2013. She was last recorded by security camera at around 4 a.m. that day at 38th Street 7-Eleven in Illinois. Before she mysteriously disappeared, this was the last time the world saw her alive. Little did their loved ones know that tragedy was upon them.
Her naked body was found in a remote, wooded area in Hastings, Minnesota, about two months after Carrie’s missing persons report was published in the February 2014 issue of Dateline, “Missing in America.” The suspect, Timothy J. McVay, was identified by police in July of that year after noticing his odd behavior and the autopsy results linking him to the crime.
Dateline: Secrets Uncovered will follow the disappearance of Carrie Olson in the winter of 2013 and that of her alleged ex-boyfriend who murdered her. The episode “Without a Trace” will air on July 20, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. ET. The summary is:
Carrie Olson, who has a good heart and a new man in her life, disappears. Her loved ones are desperate for information, but investigators wonder if any of them are hiding a dark secret.
On the evening of April 5, 2014, the body of a naked woman was found under a pine tree in the Presley Circle neighborhood of Minnesota. In contrast to the harsh and snowy winters in the area, the day was significantly warmer. According to Captain James Rogers of the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office, the body appears to have been dragged to this location given the position in which it was found.
Rogers reportedly said:
It just seemed that whoever got them there was pressed for time.
To identify the victim, the sheriff’s office sent out a press release two days later that included pictures of the woman’s belongings and a vine tattoo. In addition to the pictures, the report also contained a detailed description of the woman.
Capt. Richard Schroeder of the Dakota County Sheriff’s Department reported that Dave Olson, who claimed to be the victim’s father, called her at the same time on April 7. The man speculated that his daughter Carrie Olson’s body may have been found. She had a vine tattoo on her lower back which helped him identify her.
#CarrieOlson’s father, Dave Olson, testifies. Some of the questions might be challenging, McGehee informed him. @kwqcnews #TimMcVay
After authorities identified the body from dental records, Carrie’s identity was determined to be Jane Doe. She has been missing since December 28, 2013, according to the victim’s family and friends. They even said they reported the woman missing two days after she disappeared.
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A few months later, Timothy “Tim” McVay, the ex-boyfriend, was identified by police as a person of interest. The Rock Island man accused of killing Carrie Olson reportedly contacted police to offer help to the Minnesota detectives. The deceased body found in Hastings matched details of the missing girl case he was familiar with, according to McVay.
Later, autopsy results and evidence directly linked him to Olson’s murder. Before finally using her debit card to get gas at the 7-Eleven on 38th Street, the defendant allegedly made numerous unsuccessful attempts to use it. The security tape also shows McVay using Olson’s car at Brady Street 7-Eleven, the bank union and cigarette store in Davenport.
He was finally determined to have committed first-degree murder and covered up a homicide. In 2015, he received a 45-year prison sentence.