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What I wouldn't give to be able to tap into this resource! At some point I'd like to trace the County Roads, Hwys, and Interstates leading away from the I-45 Corrdor to other cities and counties - not just in Texas, but all over the US.

FBI makes a connection between long-haul truckers, serial killings
http://articles.latimes.com/2009/apr/05/local/me-serialkillers5

A bureau database includes more than 500 female victims, most of whom were killed and their bodies dumped at truck stops, motels and other spots along popular trucking routes crisscrossing the U.S.

"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. Authorities said they do not have statistics on whether driving trucks ranks high on the list of occupations of known serial killers.

But the pattern in roadside body dumps and other evidence has prompted many investigators to speculate that the mobility, lack of supervision and access to potential victims that come with the job make it a good cover for someone inclined to kill.

"You've got a mobile crime scene," one investigator said. "You can pick a girl up on the East Coast, kill her two states away and then dump her three states after that."
 

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This link contains a map of the over 500 murders being looked at by HSKI.

http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2009/april/highwayserial_040609

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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.




Often, the victims are prostitutes, abducted in one state and dumped in another. And the killers? Authorities say they have 200 suspects; almost all are long-haul truck drivers. To date, the FBI says it has helped local authorities arrest at least 10 suspects believed to be involved in more than 30 of the killings.

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.


Harrigan says a typical motorist isn't in danger. At least 234 victims were prostitutes, he says, and stranded motorists represent "a very, very small" number of the homicide cases. But Harrigan will not say how many, and he acknowledges that investigators know "nothing" about 130 of the victims. Among the mysteries are more than 80 cases — including the February case in Barstow — in which authorities couldn't identify the remains or recovered only body parts.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-10-05-1Ahighwaykiller05_CV_N.htm?csp=usat.me

That's a lot of Doe's.

We have another thread on this subject somewhere from last year when the report was released. I'll look for it and see if we can merge the two. At the time we talked about the high number of unsolved highway killings along the I-40 corridor, particularly Tennessee, Texas, and Oklahoma.
 

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There is one from near my home town that always bugged me.. a females torso found in Wentzville MO
 

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Look at this guy...
http://www2.scnow.com/news/2011/oct/31/cue-center-looking-cases-potential-boyer-ties-ar-2634118/

Boyer is a long haul truck driver who has been convicted on murders in TN & NC and has confessed to one in SC.

The CUE Center set up a website with information on Boyer, including multiple pictures of him from at different points in his life, as well as information on semi trucks he was known to drive, victims who have already been identified and information on potential victims as well.
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"We hit the entire I-10 (interstate), stopping at different truck stops and I couldn't believe the people that knew him and we couldn't believe the people who would come forth saying, oh, we have like five or six jane doe (cases) here...and I was just like, oh my God, this is going to be a larger task than I thought," Caison said.
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For more information on the CUE Center's website devoted to cases involving Boyer, visit:
http://longhaulterritorykiller.com/
 

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As part of its “Highway Serial Killings Initiative,” the FBI now counts over 500 murder victims whose murder and/or body disposal has been related to the U.S. Interstate Highway System (IHS). The IHS began in 1956 and today includes across almost 47,000 miles of roadway.

The over 500 known or suspected victims not only stretch along our nation’s highways in almost every state, but also date back at least 30 years, representing a significant number of cold homicide cases still awaiting solution.


10-05-10 by Dr.Clint Van Zandt


http://www.livesecure.org/hunting-humans-along-our-nations-highways/
 

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If Alaska is included, would that explain the Highway of Tears going through BC ... or do the murders stop at the Canadian border, where 1st degree murder is a lesser charge than in many states, and then start up again in Alaska?

http://www.highwayoftears.ca/
 

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This is an excellent find....and recent. Hopefully they will look at the I-45 corridor. Thank you for this link!

John Wayne Boyer has recently been convicted - however his murders are from 2000, 2003 and 2007 and he's in his 50's now. Who knows how long he may have been active? This link shows possible routes of travel. http://longhaulterritorykiller.com/possible-routes-of-travel/
All his known victims were escorts. They were all white & blonde.

Note that he grew a beard - possibly as a disguise?
Recent:
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Older picture:
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There is one from near my home town that always bugged me.. a females torso found in Wentzville MO

Any other information?
A headless female torso was discovered at a rest stop on I-70 near Wright City, MO on June 28, 2004, about 45-50 miles west of St. Louis.

I'm having trouble finding a direct media link to the original story that still works. This one is a five year follow up.

June 23, 2009

Five years ago this week, a woman's torso was found at a Wright City rest stop. Her identity is still a mystery and there are no suspects.

http://www.fox2now.com/news/ktvi-warren-county-torso-murder-folo-062309,0,7436820.story

This little blurb at in the trutv crime library links the murder to Jeremy Bryan Jones, but I've never seen that mentioned anywhere else. FWIW.

On June 28, 2004, the decomposed torso of a young prostitute was found near Wright City, Missouri. Passersby told investigators that they saw a white utility van at the rest stop off Interstate 70, near where the torso was found.

http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/serial_killers/predators/jeremy_bryan_jones/3.html

WS Unidentified forum thread with excerpts from original news reports:

MO MO - Hwy I-70 in Wright City - Female Torso HC 21, 20-45, June 2004 - *merged* - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community
 

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If Alaska is included, would that explain the Highway of Tears going through BC ... or do the murders stop at the Canadian border, where 1st degree murder is a lesser charge than in many states, and then start up again in Alaska?

http://www.highwayoftears.ca/
The murders don't stop, but there might be different networks of killers operating in WBC and the US. I suppose we should also consider that some deaths are connected to the human trafficking operations on both sides of and across the border.

http://gvnet.com/humantrafficking/Canada.htm

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What I wouldn't give to be able to tap into this resource! At some point I'd like to trace the County Roads, Hwys, and Interstates leading away from the I-45 Corrdor to other cities and counties - not just in Texas, but all over the US.

FBI makes a connection between long-haul truckers, serial killings
http://articles.latimes.com/2009/apr/05/local/me-serialkillers5

A bureau database includes more than 500 female victims, most of whom were killed and their bodies dumped at truck stops, motels and other spots along popular trucking routes crisscrossing the U.S.

"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. Authorities said they do not have statistics on whether driving trucks ranks high on the list of occupations of known serial killers.

But the pattern in roadside body dumps and other evidence has prompted many investigators to speculate that the mobility, lack of supervision and access to potential victims that come with the job make it a good cover for someone inclined to kill.

"You've got a mobile crime scene," one investigator said. "You can pick a girl up on the East Coast, kill her two states away and then dump her three states after that."

ITA with the investigator. In the early '80's we had someone named the I-5 Killer who was responsible for bodies left up and down that corridor running N and S. I lived in Lake Grove on Pilkington Rd at the time, not far from I-5, and later learned he was living 2 houses down from me. Really spooky, you know even tho I don't remember ever seeing him.
 

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http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-10-05-1Ahighwaykiller05_CV_N.htm


"The FBI and other law enforcement authorities also are careful not to condemn truckers as a whole. "We don't view this as some sort of indictment of the industry," Harrigan says.
As Norita Taylor, a spokesman for a trucking trade group says, millions of truckers are on the roads each day. Even if all of the highway serial killers happen to be truckers, that's still a tiny minority of the profession, says Taylor, spokesman for the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.

Trucker Silio hopes motorists won't stereotype. "Not all people riding motorcycles are bad people, either," he says. Others, including Nashville detective Postiglione, wonder whether the trucking profession might be a draw for someone "predisposed to become* a serial killer.
 
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