Cape woman to appear on missing persons TV show

Monday, January 7, 2013

A Cape Girardeau native attending the University of Wyoming will be featured on an episode of "Disappeared," scheduled to air at 8 p.m. today on Identification Discovery, or "I.D." channel.

Hanna Sprigg, 23, a senior pursuing her bachelor of fine arts degree, will portray Amy Bechtel, a Wyoming resident who disappeared in 1997 and is presumed dead.

"The episode will recreate the last days of Amy's life," Sprigg said during a telephone interview from Laramie, Wyo. "It will also present possible scenarios that could have led to her disappearance."

On July 24, 1997, Bechtel, 24, left her apartment in Lander, Wyo., to run errands. It's believed she later drove into the Shoshone National Forest to check the course of a 10 kilometer race her gym was planning. Her car was later found on a dirt road in the forest, and it's suspected she was abducted and murdered. While there are persons of interest in connection to her disappearance, there hasn't been an arrest.

When a production team came to Laramie seeking actors for the episode of "Disappeared," Sprigg auditioned and won the part because she looks similar to Bechtel and is athletic.

"They were looking for a young, blonde female for the role," she said. "But they also wanted somebody athletic like Amy. I've been running and rock climbing since high school, so I believe that helped me a lot."

Filming was done during two days in Bechtel's hometown of Lander. Sprigg said that during the scenes in which she had to run was when she developed a respect for the kind of athlete Bechtel was.

"She had to be a great one," Sprigg said. "When I was running in that altitude and in the hills during shooting, it was tougher than I thought it would be. For Amy to have continually done that, she had to be very strong."

After she earns her degree, Sprigg plans to move to Los Angeles and pursue a career as a stuntwoman.

"I can't wait," she said. "I love doing stunts."

klewis@semissourian.com

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