UPDATED September 18th, 2013
Along Interstate Highways Signs Of Serial Killings By Long Haul Truckers in TN, IND, OH, VA, NC, SC, LA and KY where 100 bodies have been found. Highway violence; In the past four decades, 459 deaths and 41 attempted homicides are believed to be linked to serial killers who are using the nation’s highways to find and dispose of their victims.
MISSING: Carmen Purpura, 31, was last seen on July 11, 2007, at a truck stop in Indianapolis. A cab of a truck driver and suspected serial killer was “awash with blood” belonging to 10 different people, said a prosecutor who charged the man Thursday with murdering a missing woman. Carmen Purpura’s body, her photo above, has not been found, but the prosecutor said her blood soaked the seats in Bruce Mendenhall’s cab, and that so much of her blood was there she could not possibly be alive.
The FBI’s breakdown by state, click link to see interactive FBI Map :http://i.usatoday.net/_common/_flash/usmap.swf?strFileName=http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-10-05-1Ahighwaykiller05_CV_N.htm&fileurl=20101004-highway-killers/&preview=false
That still appears to leave hundreds of killings unsolved, and the cases continue to mount. Not every killing along the nation’s roadways is related, but since the FBI went public with the Highway Serial Killings initiative last year, local authorities have been sending information about unsolved slayings that fit the profile to FBI analysts. Their hope: that the analysts can offer leads or find connections to other killings that may have happened years ago or several states away. Some of the killings recently added to the Highway Serial Killings database date back several years. Others, such as the one in Barstow, are relatively new. “We seem to have one a week that comes in,” says Michael Harrigan, the special agent who oversaw the FBI’s effort for the past three years. “It could be a killing that’s 30 years old. It could be one that happened a week ago.” Whether the oldest and coldest cases can be solved, Harrigan is uncertain. But he’s hopeful. Harrigan and other law enforcement authorities believe serial killers still operate along some of the most well-traveled roads in the nation. “They’re out there,” he says.
Bill Warner Sarasota Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM at www.wbipi.com