Four of them have turned up dead in and around Chillicothe, Ohio – is there a serial killer drifting through the city of 21,000 people?
The FBI is investigating the murders of four women and disappearances of two others in a small Ohio town over the last year.
Staff Lieutenant Mike Preston, of the Ross County Sheriff’s Department, told The Washington Post: “I don’t want to come out and say ‘yes, we have a serial killer’, but it’s a small community that we live in… and the number of females who have come up missing, and then the bodies that we’ve found, that’s quite a bit for our community.
“The community is starting to get concerned. Everyone just wants answers.”
The first woman in the investigation is Charlotte Trego, 28, a mother of two who was last seen on 3 May last year.
Tameka Lynch, a 30-year-old mother of three, vanished on the same day and the two women knew each other.
Her body was found on 24 May on a sandbar in Paint Creek, just outside Chillicothe.
A coroner’s officer determined she had died from a drug overdose, but her mother Angela Robinson told ABC News she believed her daughter had died before she was put in the water.
She said: “She was scared to death of water. She wouldn’t go swimming, and she was scared of the woods.”
But police say they aren’t convinced that one person is behind the deaths.
“There’s nothing we found in the evidence that would link these ladies’ deaths together,” Chillicothe police spokesman Bud Lytle