Interstate Truckers Linked to Serial Killings in Florida and Nationwide

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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. FBI’s Highway Serial Killings initiative;  A passerby found the severed head on Feb. 10, wrapped in two plastic bags and stuffed inside a backpack in Barstow, Calif. Authorities still haven’t identified the victim or her killer, but the circumstances point in a particular direction. The teenage girl likely had been killed days earlier, Barstow police say. Her head lay a few hundred yards from a truck stop just off Interstate 15, not far from I-40. To authorities, the proximity to the truck stop and the interstates suggests that the slaying might have been the work of a distinctive type of criminal: a serial killer operating along the nation’s highways.  During the past four decades, at least 459 people may have died at the hands of highway serial killers, FBI statistics show. Investigators do not know how many people may be responsible for the killings but at least one such case — of murder, attempted murder or unidentified human remains — has been reported in 48 states, along roads as far north as Alaska and as far south as Key West. They believe the killers find their victims and dispose of the bodies along highways, sometimes near quiet roadside rest areas or at bustling truck stops.

Long Haul Trucker and Serial Killer Robert B. Rhoades picked up young females then raped and tortured them and left their bodies in Texas, Utah and Illinois..”A state trooper near Casa Grande, Ariz., stopped on I-10 to check on a tractor-trailer with blinking lights in April 1990. He discovered Rhoades inside the cab with a hysterical naked woman who had been chained and shackled to a wall. She later told investigators that she’d been tortured and whipped, that Rhoades told her he was known as “Whips and Chains” and had been involved in such activity for years” HOUSTON Posted on Mar 29, 2012; A Texas trucker who kept a torture dungeon in the cab of his long-haul rig has avoided the death penalty by accepting life prison sentences for murdering a hitchhiking couple two decades ago. Robert Ben Rhoades, who already is serving a life sentence for killing a 14-year-old girl in Illinois, pleaded guilty to two counts of capital murder when he appeared before a West Texas judge this week. He has no chance of parole. Described by authorities as a sadistic killer, Rhoades was charged with the 1990 abductions and slayings of newlyweds Douglas Scott Zyskowski, 28, and Patricia Walsh, 24. Authorities said the couple left Seattle in November 1989, and were hitchhiking to Georgia to preach the Christian gospel when they accepted a ride from Rhoades near El Paso.

The FBI’s breakdown by state, click link to see interactive FBI Map :

FBI — Highway Serial Killings Initiative: Are 19 slayings along I-4 the work of a serial killer? The Orlando Sentinel reported that, “According to the FBI, the four murders in and around Daytona Beach are among 28 in Florida that are unsolved and connected to serial killings that the bureau suspects were committed by long-haul truckers. Those include 19 deaths along the Interstate 4 corridor between Tampa and Daytona Beach…”, but it also noted that “all but one local law-enforcement agency denies any serial-killer cases on its books.” The Sentinel identified as two possible further victims (1) Regan Kendall, whose dismembered body was found near Osceola Parkway and Boggy Creek Road in Osceola County in July, and (2) Kelly Lanthorne, who was found near South Orange Blossom Trail in Orange County. Although the killer’s DNA is stored in a database kept by the FBI, it has not yet matched others kept in the national listing.

The FBI suspects that serial killers working as long-haul truckers are responsible for the slayings of hundreds of prostitutes, hitchhikers and stranded motorists whose bodies have been dumped near highways over the last three decades. Federal authorities first made the connection about five years ago while helping police link a trucker to a string of unsolved killings along Interstate 40 in Oklahoma and several other states. After that, the FBI launched the Highway Serial Killings Initiative to track suspicious slayings and suspect truckers. A computer database maintained by the FBI has grown to include information on more than 500 female crime victims, most of whom were killed and their bodies discarded at truck stops, motels and other locations along popular trucking routes crisscrossing the U.S..The database also has information on scores of truckers who’ve been charged with killings or rapes committed near highways or who are suspects in such crimes, officials said.
Stacey Gage 01-02-2008: Murdered Stacy Gage  was in Holly Hill Fl which is directly midway between Ormond Beach Love’s truck stop and Daytona Beach. A security camera caught images of Gage the afternoon before she died at the Publix on Ridgewood Avenue in Holly Hill on December 11 2008. There were obviously men that knew her. We need you to come forward and talk to us,” said Police Chief Michael Chitwood said they now know that later that night Gage left home to meet someone. He said that someone is the person who killed her and left her body in the woods near a remote parking lot.
Lisa Renee Harris 03-29-2010. Body found in Hillsborough River Tampa. Sheriff’s Office records show Harris has been arrested in Hillsborough County 18 times since 1999 on charges that include driving under the influence, grand theft auto and possession of cocaine and Xanax.
Lisa Ann Mowrey Feb 2004 Remains Found 6 yrs later Tampa Fl. Tampa Police say the skeletal remains discovered on I-75 and Bruce B. Downs is an 18-year-old woman who went missing six years ago.
Darlene Young 05-09-2011, body found near I-95 in Delray Beach, Fla, she had been shot in the head.
Melissa Easterling 06-27-2011, body found Riverview Fl near I-75, she had been shot in the head.
Katharine Zafra 10-02-2011. Sunday, Oct. 2, 4:42 p.m. •Katharine Zafra’s body was found in the yard of a vacant home in the 5700 block of Makoma Drive near Orange Blossom Trail. Detectives are searching for 36-year-old Zafra’s killer.
Melissa McCarthy Comiskey 11-30-2011, body found along I-95 in Kingsland Ga she was kidnapped in Broward County Fl, she was shot in the head.
Nicole Rose Scott 12-11-2011, body found Sarasota Fl dead end of University Ave off of I-75, she had head trauma. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office has ruled the death of the 29-year-old mother of three — best known as Nikki — as a homicide. No arrests have been made. Nicole often visited her friend Amy during her shift at a BP gas station in Sarasota. When a customer didn’t have enough money to pay, Nicole would chip in, her friend recalls. Nicole Scott’s record is tainted with drug, prostitution and theft charges.

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