FBI Link Long-haul Truckers to Hundreds of Murders

April 5, 2009

(ChattahBox) — The FBI is running a national program which until recently was secret to track murders along popular trucking routes, suspecting there’s a link between long-haul truckers and serial killers, according to a newspaper report.

Federal authorities first made the connection five years ago while investigating a string of unsolved killings along Interstate 40 in Oklahoma and several other states.

The FBI launched the Highway Serial Killings Initiative to track suspicious slayings and suspect truckers, After patterns started emerging, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

A computer database now includes more than 500 female murder victims whose bodies were discarded at truck stops, motels and other locations.  A corresponding red-dotted map, shows where more than 500 bodies of females have been found at truck stops, motels and various locations along popular trucking routes that crisscross the entire United States.

Authorities aren’t saying driving trucks ranks high on the list of occupations of known serial killers but investigators speculate that the mobility, lack of supervision and access to potential victims that come with the job make it a good cover for someone inclined to kill.

Anyone that enjoys watching crime shows knows that such random crimes spread over multiple state lines make it difficult for law enforcement to coordinate and link together.


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