In the hills of Ohio’s Scioto Valley, the town of Chillicothe is unaccustomed to the widespread fear that has grown steadily as women have disappeared in the past year.
Six unfinished cases are causing residents to speculate that a serial killer is in their midst. Two women have been missing and four have turned up dead, writes USA Today.
The Washington Post states, “In little over a year, at least six women have disappeared from the town of only 21,000. Four of their bodies have been found, almost all of them dumped in creeks or streams flowing away from the town.”
Two of the dead – Timberly Claytor, 38; and Tiffany Sayre, 26 – were found within three weeks of each other, and both cases have been classified as homicides.
Though it isn’t the only avenue they are pursuing, local law enforcement officials haven’t discounted the possibility of a serial killer.
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The BBC: “(Police) said Thiago Henrique Gomes da Rocha – who approached his alleged victims on a motorbike with his face hidden – was cold but driven by rage. Police said he often demanded valuables from his victims before shooting them with a .38 handgun and leaving without their possessions. Police said the 26-year-old man targeted homeless people, women and homosexuals.”
A police official who had been present at the interrogations told a Brazilian TV channel the killer called his victims by the numbers 1 to 39. “We have been shocked by his coldness,” the official said.
He never knew those he targeted, police said, and acted out of an inner “fury” that he felt “against everything”, which only subsided when he committed murder. Police said he would feel remorse after killings, which fueled his anger more.
According to Mail Online, the man had a certain way of killing: Prostitutes were stabbed. Homeless men were shot. Gays he choked.
Mail Online: “And young women — the victims he came to savor killing the most — he would shoot in the chest.”
The alleged suspect had also described accurately the locations of each murder and the emotions he had felt at the time, and police said he fired on his victims while cruising the streets.
Investigators said they were sifting through evidence, including closed-circuit TV footage, and had seized weapons and stolen license plates from his grandmother’s home.