Detroit Police: Killer May Be Targeting Escorts


Salon Staff
December 27, 2011 11:36PM (UTC)

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit police fear that a killer may be targeting escorts after finding that three of four women found dead in car trunks over the past week had placed sex-related ads on the same website.

Police Chief Ralph Godbee says authorities find the link "disconcerting."

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At least 45 attorneys general raised concerns earlier this year about how the site, Backpage.com, polices ads for adult services.

Email and phone messages seeking comment were left for a Backpage.com lawyer Tuesday.

The latest victims were found Christmas morning, when Detroit firefighters discovered two badly burned bodies in the trunk of a car that had been set ablaze in a garage.

A joint funeral is planned for Thursday for the other two women, found dead Dec. 19. Police were withholding the names of latest victims.


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