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  1. #1
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    May 2005
    Florida's Treasure Coast

    Daytona Beach, I-4, Central Florida Media Thread NO DISCUSSION


    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A string of similar murders in Daytona Beach has some people wondering if there is a serial killer on the loose. Three women have been killed since December.

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    2 more bodies may also be his handy work.


    Flagler Beach is a half hour or so North of Daytona

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    possible Serial Killer in Daytona Beach



    By Clint Van Zandt
    MSNBC analyst & former FBI profiler
    Updated: 9:11 p.m. ET March 20, 2006

    Clint Van Zandt

    Since Christmas 2005 an unknown serial killer has murdered three women in the Daytona Beach, Florida, area. The media and the police speculate that he may kill again this month, noting that he killed in December, January, and February. He may, unfortunately, feel the need to meet this terrible expectation. The believed interval between the three known murders is 19 days, 41 days, and 23 days, or an average of three weeks between homicides. If this is any kind of pattern for the killer, he could be expected to strike again as soon as this week.

    The three known victims are local women, who worked along Ridgewood Avenue. They may have abused drugs and worked as prostitutes or otherwise raised their victim profiles to put them at high risk.

    The body of Laquetta Gunther, age 45, was discovered December 26, 2005, in a narrow alley between two buildings off Beach Street. Found in a fetal position, partially clothed, she had been shot in the head. Julie Green, 34, was found January 1, 2006, lying facedown in a ditch at a construction site off LPGA Boulevard. Investigators have not revealed whether Green, like Gunther, was partially clothed. She had been shot. And, on the afternoon of February 24, shortly after 1 p.m., police were tipped by a man, calling from a pay phone, as to the whereabouts of the body of Iwana Patton. Patton, 35, was found on a dirt road just off Williamson Boulevard. She, too, had been shot. Having identified the mystery caller who led investigators to the body, police no longer consider him a suspect.

    Many questions arise about the unknown serial killer who has murdered these three women. But most vacationers and students arriving here for spring break, seeking the beautiful sand and sun of Daytona’s beaches, have no idea that this murderer may be out looking for his next victim. Will the killer strike again, and if so, will he seek his next victim from the ranks of crack addicts and streetwalkers? Or will he look for a new type of victim? Because at least two of his three known victims abused drugs and were prostitutes, other women with similar backgrounds would be an obvious choice for this killer. But, will he continue to seek victims living and functioning on the edge of society? They are easy victims for him. Or will he change his MO to frustrate police efforts to identify him? These are just a few of the questions that profilers and investigators are racing to answer, before another woman is killed by this cold, faceless, relentless killer.
    Last edited by bessie; 09-03-2015 at 12:56 AM. Reason: snipped to comply with copyright rule

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    May 2005
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    got an update this morning

    Person Of Interest Questioned In Serial Murder Case
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Eyewitness News learned overnight that detectives on the Daytona Beach serial murder case questioned a person of interest. The unidentified man was arrested Monday night on unrelated drug charges
    Investigators working the serial homicides said the individual they detained is not considered a suspect, even though he was involved in an altercation with a woman he didn't know near the location where police found two of the three murdered women.

    Detectives in Daytona Beach said the murders of Julie Green, Laquetta Gunther and Iwana Patton have several things in common. All three voluntarily got into cars with men they did not know. All three were found dead laying in an alleyway, ditch or dirt road within a close proximity of each other.

    Detectives also have reason to think the murders were committed by the same person in December, January and February.

    While police have questioned some persons of interest, they have already ruled out the people they talked to. Those people included drug dealers and "johns," men who seek out prostitutes.

    Police said two of the victims were known as crack addicts and prostitutes.

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    May 2005
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    Possible Serial Killer Arrested At Homeless Shelter Daytona Beach, Fl

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- There were new developments in the search for a serial killer who killed three women in Daytona Beach. Tuesday investigators tried to find out if the wanted man was the one they had been looking for.

    Police arrested David Lindsay Saturday as he was helping serve food to homeless people in Daytona Beach. Investigators said he had been volunteering under a fake name. Lindsay is a convicted murderer that has been eluding police for five years.

    David Lindsay is being held at the Volusia County branch jail.

    Police said for many years he was living a double life, and for many years volunteers at the Volusia-Flagler Coalition for the Homeless were unaware they were working beside a murderer.

    "He took care of us, he was a good person. I don't know what happened with his life or anything," said Coalition resident Pamela Arrowood.
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    Serial Killer Task Force Begins Work, Reward Reaches $11,000

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Daytona Beach is pushing harder than ever before to find the city's serial killer. Thursday, the police department's new task force started their intense effort to track him down. Also Thursday, an anonymous donor gave Crime Stoppers $10,000 as a reward for information in the case.

    For two weeks now, Daytona Beach police have spread out across the city, hunting for clues that could lead them to a killer. Thursday, they formed a task force with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Nine investigators, including a profiler, will focus solely on tracking down the man police say could be after anyone.

    "When you look at some other incidents, other serial killer murders, there were innocent people mixed in who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time," said Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood.

    The warning is not lost on area women. Victim Stacey Gage's picture was plastered up at a local businesses warning women to watch out. Women who Eyewitness News talked to said they are thinking about the murder and the danger more often.

    "I believe it could happen to anybody. This world is getting more and more

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    Wallet Checked In Hunt For Daytona Serial Killer

    POSTED: 4:10 pm EDT May 5, 2008
    UPDATED: 4:40 pm EDT May 5, 2008

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Police have seized a wallet belonging to a victim in the search for the Daytona Beach serial killer, Local 6 has learned. IMAGES: New Victim Photos
    IMAGES: Prostitutes Hunt Killer

    The wallet belongs to Laquetta Gunther, the first victim in the killings.
    Gunther's wallet was in the home of a close friend, Stacy Ditmer, who said the wallet contained several phone numbers of people she associated with, police said.
    Investigators said they believe the same man killed Gunther and three other women execution style in the Daytona Beach area.
    Recently, Daytona Police Chief Mike Chitwood asked for help in the search after his officers began taking DNA samples during some traffic stops.
    Anyone with information concerning the deaths is urged to call a new serial killer hot line at 888-619-5734.
    Watch Local 6 News for more on this story.

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    I'm new to this forum, so if I am not following protocol please forgive me. I've been following this case for some time and didn't see some of these articles included in this thread.

    Are 19 slayings along I-4 the work of serial killers?

    The first body was found the night after Christmas in 2005.

    LaQuetta Mae Gunther lay in a fetal position, partially naked, on the floor of a dark Daytona Beach alley — a bullet hole in the back of her head.

    Since then, three more women with known criminal histories have been found slain execution-style in this Central Florida beachside city best known for its love of motorcycles, auto racing and sunbathing.

    When the fourth victim was discovered, Daytona Beach police knew they were looking for a serial killer.

    According to the FBI, the four killings 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, although all but one local law-enforcement agency denies any serial-killer cases on its books.


    Sheriff's offices in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Volusia and Polk — ones that service the I-4 area in the region — said they have no serial-killer cases. Police agencies in Orlando and Kissimmee said they don't either.

    Only Daytona Beach police acknowledge they are working a serial-killer case.

    The other Daytona Beach victims are:

    •A construction worker in January 2006 discovered the body of Julie Ann Green, 34, on an access road off LPGA Boulevard, a remote area near Interstate 95.

    •The body of Iwana Patton, 35, was found in February 2006 in a wooded area just east of I-95. The body of the fourth victim, Stacey Gage, was found in January 2008 near an abandoned church less than a mile from I-4.

    Other recent murders in Central Florida appear to fit a profile laid out by the bureau's probe:

    •The dismembered body of Regan Kendall, 48, was found near Osceola Parkway and Boggy Creek Road in Osceola County in July.

    •And deputies in July found the naked body of Kelly Lanthorne, 37, behind the Courtyard Villas apartments, near South Orange Blossom Trail in Orange County.





    If anyone is interested, I have been tracking female victims of unsolved homicides from Tampa to Daytona and there are many. I'll post links if anyone would like to look into this further.

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    Oct 2008
    I have to research this also, a woman's remains were found near Tampa. I think it was off of the interstate, I can't remember. She was a student and was missing for around 3 years and a motorist found the body. He got a flat and was waiting for AAA and just walked a bit up on to the grassy area and found her remains. Sorry it is so fuzzy but it was a least a yr ago I read about it.


    I think this was Lisa Ann Mowrey. Yes they were, found the link and story.

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    Task force created to investigate murder cases in Orange, Osceola

    5:43 p.m. EST, June 22, 2012|

    By Bianca Prieto, Orlando Sentinel

    Detectives from a dozen police departments in Orange and Osceola counties will join in a task force to investigate homicide cases....

    "The murderers who think they've gotten away with it should be relatively frightened," said Orange-Osceola State Attorney Lawson Lamar, who helped organize the task force with the goal of bringing together less-experienced officers with seasoned detectives to investigate homicides.

    Investigators from the Apopka, Belle Isle, Edgewood, Kissimmee, Maitland, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlando, St. Cloud, Windermere, Winter Garden and Winter Park police departments will be members of the task force. The State Attorney's Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are also participating.

    More at link:


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    December 26, 2005 -- LaQuetta Mae Gunther, 45, found shot 703-705 N. Beach, Daytona Beach

    January 14, 2006 -- Julie Ann Green, 34, shot, found in a ditch on a dirt road near LPGA Blvd.

    February 24, 2006 -- The body of Iwana Patton, 35, found on a dirt road near Williamson Blvd.

    All three found nude and shot with a .40 caliber weapon

    January 3, 2008 -- Stacey Gage, 30, found in wooded area along Hancock Blvd. It's believed her murder occurred in December 2007 and was "eerily similar" to the first three murders, according to LE reports.


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  12. #12
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    Oct 2008
    I never saw this article or information before. He left the socks on his victims.


    This came from AMW
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    snips from another article:
    The boyfriend of one of the victims said his mate had lived briefly with one of the other women killed.Rick Marcott, the boyfriend of Julie Green, 34, whose body was found at a construction site off LPGA Boulevard early Jan. 14, said Green had stayed briefly with Laquetta Gunther in a house in Bunnell. he recalled that Green had stayed at least two weeks in a house in Bunnell where Gunther and another victim, Laura Lee Welsh, also stayed(Welsh was shot to death in a drug deal, police said). investigators arrested Ollie Edward Parker of Daytona Beach and him charged with second-degree murder in her killing. Charles N. Hollowell, who investigators said was attempting to buy cocaine when Welsh was shot, had been charged with third-degree murder in the same case. However, Hollowell pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted purchase of cocaine and agreed to testify against Parker.
    According to police, Patton's last known address was on Derbyshire Road in Holly Hill. The house she lived in is owned by a man who also has at least two assisted living facilities. The facilities are behind the residence where Patton lived.The guy they were staying with had been in jail," Marcott said
    An employee of the Homeless Assistance Center here said Patton went to the center "sporadically" to pick up her mail. He also said he recalled Gunther going there, as well.

    After Gunther and Welsh were killed, Marcott said Green told him she knew who had done it.

    "Then she ended up dying a week later," he said.


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    Here's what the chief had to say shortly after Stacy Gage was found in 2008

    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 and the picture is getting clearer on whom that someone is.

    "This person we're looking for is a clean cut person. He's somebody who probably has a good job. He's somebody that you'll never suspect,"

    That's a pretty emphatic statement, Is he implying that she would only go meet a clean cut person or is there something else telling him this.

    The perp doesn't appear that selective.


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    The DNA was found on the first two, Gunther and Green according to this 2010 article,

    Last edited by bessie; 09-04-2015 at 04:11 PM. Reason: copied from discussion forum; snipped quoted post

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