Louisiana state representatives have allotted $650,000 for DNA analysis of 900 rape cases. The action came in response to increasing anxiety over the unidentified killer of five southern Louisiana women who continues to elude police, the Los Angeles Times reports.
“It’s like chasing a ghost,” said Sterling Colomb Jr., whose sister, Trineisha Dene Colomb, was the fourth to die.
Nineteen months after the first victim was found, a multi-agency task force is under mounting pressure to produce a suspect. Their best weapon is the serial killer’s DNA, left at crime scenes between Baton Rouge and Lafayette, 60 miles west. More than 1,000 DNA swabs have been taken from men in and around Baton Rouge; police have investigated more than 18,000 leads.