The FBI suspects that serial killers working as long-haul truckers are responsible for murdering hundreds of prostitutes, hitchhikers, and stranded motorists whose bodies have been dumped near highways over the last three decades, the Los Angeles Times report. Authorities first made the connection about five years ago while helping police link a trucker to a string of unsolved killings along Interstate 40 several states. The FBI launched the Highway Serial Killings Initiative to track suspicious slayings and suspect truckers.
An FBI computer database 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 nation. The database also has information on many truckers who’ve been charged with killings or rapes committed near highways or who are suspects in such crimes.