A prostitute whose strangled body was found in a vacant house has become the seventh known victim of a serial killer who has targeted streetwalkers in Wisconsin for more than two decades, police said on Tuesday.
Police believe the suspect, whose identity is unknown, strangled five other black prostitutes and had sex with a white 16-year-old runaway whose throat was slashed. Another suspect likely killed the teen, police said.
DNA results came back on Tuesday linking the death of Florence McCormick, 28, to the killer. Her body was found in 1995 in the basement of a vacant home by workers doing repairs.
The bodies of three of the other slain women were also found in vacant houses.
The earliest death linked to the serial killer was in 1986 and the latest was in 2007. The prostitutes killed ranged in age from 19 to 41.
Police spokeswoman Anne Schwartz said police weren’t able to link the cases by DNA until recent weeks.
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