CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (WKRN) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation is helping investigate a string of disappearances and murders that have taken place in a small Ohio town over the past 13 months.
ABC News reports six women have vanished from Chillicothe, Ohio, since May 2014. Four of them have been found dead.
The women who disappeared were mostly in their 20s and 30s and also mothers. One was a grandmother with a third grandchild on the way, authorities said.
Lt. Mike Preston of the Ross County Sheriff’s Office would not say that he believes this is the work of a sole serial killer.
However, Lt. Preston said the serial killer theory is supported by many of the women’s relatives.
“We’ve got too many women missing in our community and it’s time to get some answers,” Sheriff George Lavender said at a press briefing Monday.
Tameka Lynch, a 30-year-old married mother-of-three, was the second to go missing in the area when she vanished in mid-May 2014.
“I felt that after the first three women went missing a year ago, it had to be someone they all know and trust to even go with them, and it has to be more than one person — my daughter was not a small person,” Angela Robinson, Lynch’s mother, told ABC News.
Most of the six women had a known history of drug use. At least three had an addiction to heroin, family members said.
Friends reported some were prostitutes while family members were unable to confirm their involvement. Robinson said she thinks that the association kept police from doing more, earlier.
“I don’t think they were worried because they were just saying ‘these are just women who are strung out on drugs, or doing whatever,’” Robinson said..
Police have not publicly specified what cases they are looking into and refused to say officially that they are connected, but Preston, of the Ross County Sheriff’s Office, told ABC News that they are looking at six cases.