There's should be more info on the thread about Chiang.As I was reading articles, I ran across this one and took note of a comment one reader posted http://blog.stephenleary.com/2008/04/smiley-face-murders.html )
I live in southern Minnesota.Last friday night a young man was stopped (in Spirit Lake Iowa) and asked for directions.As he approached the vehicle he was grabbed from behind, his hands were tied and he was tossed in the back seat. The 2 men drove him to a remote country lake, untied him and held him under water until they thought he was dead. This young man is a swimmer and has a record for holding his breath under water. He faked he had drowned. Terrified he remained in the water for what he felt was hours then found his way to a farm house where the local police were called. This young man is related to my sister through marriage and when my sister related the story to me I suggested she call the FBI She was told they ddn't see any link!! I don't understand the lack of follow up on theses cases.
I remember that the article of Gerald Smith who drown in Terre Haute,Indiana stated: "University police reported earlier Wednesday that someone saw a person matching Smiths description talking for several minutes to a man and woman in a gold Toyota Camry or similar vehicle around 1:30 a.m. Friday morning near Second and Canal streets. " The article goes on to say: " At 1:14 am., about 30 minutes after he left the Ballyhoo, investigators found that Smith used his iPhone to access the Internet, according to ISU police." (http://www.tribstar.com/news/local_story_126223935.html )
Maybe he was accessing the internet for directions?
Another article that I remembered reading regarding a similar vehicle was of a Temple Student : " Tom T. Chiang, 28, of the 6100 block of Henry Avenue, was held on $100,000 bail at the Delaware County prison awaiting drug and alcohol evaluation, police said.
An unidentified 23-year-old man was leaving the Swarthmore library at 2:14 a.m. when a 1997 Lexus driven by Chiang pulled alongside him and Chiang asked for directions, police said. When the student refused to get into the car, they said, Chiang got out and tried to force him inside. They struggled, and the student broke away and called police from a nearby campus building. Chiang was seen driving north on Route 320 by Marple police. He left his car and was caught by police after a short foot pursuit."
This incident (May 2,08) happened on almost the exact same day that Gerald Smith went missing (May 1,09). The vehicle descriptions are similar.
The defendant, Tom T. Chiang, 28, of the 6100 block of Henry Avenue, was driving a tan, four-door 1997 Lexus when he stopped the student walking from the McCabe Library shortly after 2 a.m., and asked for directions to the presidents house, according to an affidavit of probable cause for his arrest.
( http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=64230&page=11 )
Notice how similar the times are too. I'm sure this is another way the killers take their victims.