Bryce Dickey, 18, was charged Friday with murdering his 16-year-old friend after he was tracked down with DNA evidence found at the crime scene
Rodeo girl, Gabrielle ‘Britney’ Lynn Ujlaky, 16, was last seen alive on March 8 with Dickey, the pair had been friends with Ujlaky for years through the rodeo
Her partially nude body was found three days later in Burner Basin area, about 15 miles outside of her home in Elko, Nevada
Her longtime friend Dickey, was arrested for her murder after his and Britney’s DNA were found on a used condom at the crime scene, as well as keys on a lanyard with the name ‘Britney’ on it
Police search of his home turned up further blood evidence, and his story that he he saw the victim get into a green truck with a stranger did not hold up during his police interview
Dickey is charged with open murder with use of a deadly weapon, or in the alternative, felony murder during sexual assault or attempted sexual assault with use of a deadly weapon
Dickey who is currently being held at the Elko County Jail without bail, could face the death penalty if convicted
Britney was last seen on March 8, in front of her school – Spring Creek High School, Nevada
Ujlaky, a student at Spring Creek High School, Nevada, was last seen on March 8th around 4.30pm outside of Spring Creek High School after telling her father she was getting a ride with longtime family friend, Bryce Dickey.
When Ujlaky didn’t come home later that night her family called police who then contacted Dickey.
Dickey told investigators he dropped her off at school and saw her get into a green F-150 Ford pickup truck with a ‘pretty tall’ white male wearing a cowboy hat and even later provided further details about the mysterious green Ford truck.
He elaborated that the truck had two stickers on the left rear window and a toolbox in the bed of the truck.
‘Britney was this smart girl that everyone liked. She had high morals as far as I knew, she was still a virgin to the best of my knowledge,’ one of her a friends said.
The green truck later turned out to be a hoax Dickey fabricated to mislead investigators.
In subsequent interviews Dickey told police that he had driven around with Ujlaky for about three and a half hours before taking he to Spring Creek High School. He also showed them Snapchat text messages he had to sent to Ujlaky asking if she was OK and inquiring where she was.
According to the probable cause statement, police say, on March 11 a deceased female was found that was partially covered by a tarp and was partially clothed. ‘Blood was found near the edge of the roadway with a trail of disturbed earth leading to the body.’
After Ujlaky’s body was positively identified on March 13, Dickey was again interviewed at the police station, where detectives notated that some of his statements contradicted earlier statements.
During this interview Dickey described the clothing that Ujlaky was wearing at the time he was with her which matched the clothing she was wearing on her body and confirmed she was in possession of a cell phone and lanyard of keys.
Dickey agreed to voluntarily sign a consent form and provided a DNA sample.
Police went back out to the crime scene again on March 14 where a set of earbuds and a used condom were found. DNA on the condom later tested positive for both Dickey and Ujlaky.
On March 17, the police received the lab results back and found Ujlaky’s DNA profile on the exterior of the condom and Dickey’s DNA profile was located on the interior of the condom.
Days earlier Dickey denied to police of ever having a sexual relationship with Britney but in a police interview on March 19 when confronted with evidence, he confessed to having sex with her on March 8 with a condom.
Dickey was arrested. Police executing search warrants against his home. discovered blood on a pair of boots and a sweatshirt.
The night Ujlaky went missing Dickey called up childhood friend Travis Johnston, around 9pm and told him that Ujlaky had been reported missing and wanted to know if he would join him to go searching for their friend in the Burner Basin area.
Johnson said he declined that night ‘because I already had plans,’ but now wonders why Dickey wanted to specifically look in the area where her body was found just days later.
Over the course of the next few days Johnston said Dickey didn’t have a lot to say about Britney. ‘I asked him if he spoke with the police since he was one of the last people to see her the day she disappeared and he told me, ‘Yeah I’ve spoken to the police on several occasions and they are all up in my a**.’
Ultimately Dickey was arrested after the police invited him to the station to discuss some new information with him about the green truck, instead he was arrested as he drove into the Elko County Sheriff’s office.
Dickey, [left], is charged with open murder with use of a deadly weapon, or in the alternative, felony murder during sexual assault or attempted sexual assault with use of a deadly weapon in the death of Britney Ujlaky
Ujlaky’s mother, Alisha told Oxygen.com, ‘I’m really, really numb, we are hanging in there by the fingernails.’
‘I trusted him impeccably,’ she added. ‘The betrayal in this is unreal.’
She said she bought Dickey’s story about the green Ford pickup, ‘hook, line, and sinker.’
She even consoled Dickey at a balloon launch memorial for her daughter just days before his arrest.
‘I grabbed his cheeks and I tilted him towards me so he was looking in my eyes, for somebody who can sit there and betray a best friend like that, take her life, then go and celebrate her life with her family, go out looking for her — he is a psychopath.’
Ujlaky’s father, James Ujlaky, said he trusted Dickey, and that the two had been friends for years through the rodeo community.
For Jame Ujlaky ‘There’s no worse betrayal than this, because she really thought he was a good friend.’
‘She did trust everybody. She always saw the good. If someone did wrong, she would call you out in front of everybody. She was going to expose you for who you were, come hell or high water.’
Campaign for justice: A ribbon reads ‘Justice for Britney Ujlaky’ after her body was found. Dickey Dickey could face the death penalty if he’s convicted
Britney’s mother said she ‘trusted [Dickey], impeccably’. ‘The betrayal in this is unreal’
‘Yesterday, we all received news that made us hit the floor. Around 8 in the morning we all started meeting up at my house to grieve an to mourn Britney’s life. Which was taken far too soon. That day I had tears of pain and joy. I wish she could have seen the amount of us that came together to honor you sis. We love you so much. Just know you won’t ever be forgotten.’
The suspect is currently being held at the Elko County Jail without bail, he has been assigned a public defender and is awaiting his next court appearance. If convicted of these charges Dickey could face the death penalty.