A Louisiana state representative says that police officers in southern Louisiana should have their DNA tested as part of a search for a serial killer. Rep. Yvonne Welch issued the call amid speculation that the killer may be a uniformed officer. There have been no signs of forced entry where the victims were murdered or abducted. Rep. Yvonne Welch said DNA tests could clear law enforcement, if it doesn’t catch the murderer.
“Women have told me they’re afraid to stop when it’s a police officer. The women ought to be able to feel safe that the police are the ones that are protecting them,” Welch said, reported The Associated Press. “I don’t want to tie up resources on speculation,” said Baton Rouge Police Chief Pat Englade. “We don’t want to get into the business of randomly swabbing everybody in Baton Rouge.” Authorities are seeking the killer of five known victims, four in Baton Rouge and one in Lafayette.