Kidnap man could be serial killer from the 1990s
Phillip Garrido, the convicted sex offender accused of kidnapping a schoolgirl and holding her in his backyard for 18 years, has been named a "person of interest" by police investigating the murders of local prostitutes in the 1990s.
Detectives searching the bungalow in Antioch, California, from which Jaycee Lee Dugard was freed last week, were yesterday searching it for evidence linking him to a series of unsolved killings that took place while he was at large in the area. They say at least 10 sex workers were strangled, stabbed and dumped in ditches in industrial parks in 1998 and 1999. Police say Garrido "had access" to the areas where the bodies were found.
Victims identified by local newspapers include Valerie Schultz, 27, Rachael Cruise, 32, and Jessica Frederick, 24. Lisa Norrell, 15 – not a prostitute – was killed in similar circumstances.
"For whatever reason, they decided he was a person of interest," said a police spokesman. A team of sniffer dogs trained to detect corpses has been sent to the property at 1554 Walnut Avenue, where detectives were slowly combing through the array of tents, sheds and lean-tos where Ms Dugard was imprisoned.
Aged 11 when she was snatched from a bus-stop in South Lake Tahoe, Ms Dugard was meanwhile with her mother, sister and her two daughters, both fathered by Garrido, at a motel in the San Francisco Bay area. On Friday, Garrido and his wife Nancy pleaded not guilty to 29 charges relating to the kidnap, rape and serial abuse of the girls, and remain in police custody.
- 1 If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
- 2 David De Gea: Manchester United goalkeeper's £29m move to Real Madrid off - because paperwork 'not done in time'
- 3 More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
- 4 Pansexual: What is it - and when did the term gain popularity?
- 5 New Apple TV release date and price: streaming box and games console will launch in October
Bono's group has made more money from Facebook investment than from all his music
Miley Cyrus calls out hypocrisy of women’s nipples being taboo
Auschwitz museum defends mist showers installed during heat wave after visitor complains they are reminiscent of gas chambers
Nazi 'gold train': Fire engulfs suspected location of vehicle in Poland
A Chinese journalist has appeared on state television 'confessing' to causing the stock market chaos
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
Tony Blair attacks Jeremy Corbyn's 'Alice In Wonderland' politics
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
Iain Duncan Smith 'should resign over disability benefit death figures', says Jeremy Corbyn
UN investigating British Government over human rights abuses caused by IDS welfare reforms
£30000 - £250000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Stock Broker/ Trainee FX, Stoc...
£30 - 40k + Benefits & Bonus: Guru Careers: A Software / Web Developer (PHP / ...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This company is the single governing and regul...
£20000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This high quality thread manufa...