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Police Explore Suspect in 1970s I-40 Slayings

MAY 12, 2006 - Posted at 8:12 a.m. CST


FORT SMITH, AR - Police in Fort Smith say they have a suspect in three slayings that occured thirty years ago.

Three women hitchhikers along Interstate-40 vanished, starting in 1975.  Police believe the suspect killed the women and buried them.

Police say a man who lived in Fort Smith and is now serving a life prison sentence in Nevada is suspected of being the killer.  He could brought back to Arkansas to face trial if investigators can build a case against him.

The victims were last seen near Forrest City, Memphis and Oklahoma City.

The killings occured between 1975 and 1977.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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