Investigators from at least six states are to gather in Oklahoma City today to compare notes on a series of killings to determine whether someone is preying on women across the South.
Officials suspect that the deaths of at least 12 women – many of them prostitutes who worked at truck stops – may be the work of one man, reported the Los Angeles Times.
Law enforcers from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee were expected to attend, along with representatives from 17 agencies, including the FBI.
The first of the killings took place in August 1999, the most recent four weeks ago. All the women were either white or Native American. Most were found nude and strangled under bridges or overpasses near major highways.
Most law enforcement agents would reveal little about their cases. Authorities are so concerned about alarming the public – in case the killings are not connected – that several agencies are hoping to attend the meeting without attracting the attention of civic leaders or local media.