Authorities from 5 States to Meet Today to Discuss Serial Killer with Possible Link to Region 8

FEBRUARY 27, 2004 - Posted at 7:44 a.m. CDT

OKLAHOMA CITY, AR - Law enforcement officials from five states, including Arkansas, plan to meet today to discuss the possibility that a serial killer may be targeting truck-stop prostitutes in the region.

The seven victims include six prostitutes.  One victim has not been identified.  Four were from the Oklahoma City area.  The prostitutes were found nude or only partially clothed.

At least four victims were last seen at a truck stop, and at least three were strangled.  The bodies were found near highways and creeks in Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas.

Arkansas State Police Special Agent Dale Arnold is investigating the death of Margaret Gardner.  Gardner was from Memphis, Tennessee, but was last seen at an Arkansas truck stop.  She was found partially nude on an entrance ramp to I-40 near West Memphis in July.  She was killed by a blow to the head.

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