Two killings in Niagara Falls, New York, that bear resemblance to each other have raised suspicions whether there is a serial killer on the loose.
The killings, which the police have called “shocking to the conscience,” occurred almost three years apart. In both incidents, the victims were women who looked similar in appearance and were related to each other through marriage. Both had been dismembered.
Loretta Gates, 30, whose remains were found in areas in the city in September 2012, was the first of the victims, as reported by CNN affiliate WKBW. Last month, a headless and limbless torso of Terri Lynn Bills, 46, was discovered in an abandoned home. WKBW reported that Bills “was like an aunt to Gates.”
Noting the similarities between the two killings, Niagara Falls Police said in a press conference held on Tuesday that there may be a serial killer at large.
Niagara Falls Police Capt. Kelly Rizzo said, “You can’t overlook that the two homicides share a lot of similarities. It is hard not to make that connection.”
While the possibility of the murders having occurred by the hands of one killer may be compelling, police have not derided the probability that it could be two different people, as reported by WGRZ.
Several tips have been received by the police.
A citywide search occurred to gather more leads for the investigation, with more than 90 police officers participating in the search. As reported by WIVB, officials said that new information has come to light and that the case is close to coming to an end.
“We got a lot of good information,” Rizzo said.
The canvassing was assisted by investigators from the FBI, New York State Police, the Niagara County district attorney’s office and U.S. Border Patrol and Homeland Security.
“We are definitely closer to figuring out who did it based on the information we got (today),” Rizzo said.
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