SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) — A lacking Northern California lady may possibly have been murdered by a male who law enforcement dubbed the “shopping cart killer,” investigators reported.
Stephanie Harrison, 48, of Redding, Calif., has not been seen or listened to from due to the fact August. She was vacationing on the East Coastline when she vanished.
Anthony Eugene Robinson, 35, of Washington D.C., is the key suspect for 4 homicides. Law enforcement officers get in touch with Robinson the “shopping cart killer” due to the fact he allegedly used searching carts to move and dump murder victims’ bodies in distant parts.
Harrison may possibly have been one particular of his victims, law enforcement mentioned.
Investigators found the bodies of four gals in Virginia. Law enforcement think Robinson met some of the women on courting web-sites before luring them to motels.
Fairfax County Law enforcement Chief Kevin Davis explained at a Dec. 17 push meeting, “We have a serial killer. He does unspeakable issues with his victims. He is in custody. The challenge that remains is identifying other victims.”
Davis mentioned, “He’s called the ‘shopping cart killer’ simply because he fulfills his victims on dating web sites. He fulfills his victims then at motels. Soon after he inflicts trauma to his victims and kills them, he transports their bodies to their last resting position basically in a procuring cart. And there is video to that result.”
Detectives discovered a few of the four slain gals: Tonita Lorice Smith, 39, and Allene Elizabeth “Beth” Redmon, 54, and Cheyenne Brown, 29.
Brown’s overall body was uncovered in a plastic container still left next to a red searching cart in Fairfax County, Virginia, previously this thirty day period. There was also a next woman’s body inside of that remains unknown.
Investigators are functioning to come across out if DNA from the 2nd physique matches Harrison’s DNA.
Harrison was last heard from on August 19 when she talked to her sister on the phone. Through their conversation, she explained to her sister that she had spent the day touring the U.S. Capitol setting up in Washington, D.C.
Later that working day, Harrison checked into the Moon Inn Motel in Fairfax County, Virginia.
“She stayed at the exact hotel as our killer,” Fairfax County Police Section spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi informed WTOP.
The working day Brown went lacking, on Sept. 30, she also stayed at the Moon Inn Motel.
The plastic container was observed Dec. 15 by police who have been searching for Brown in the vicinity of the motel.
Detectives tracked down movie surveillance that unveiled Brown achieved Robinson at a metro station in Washington D.C. right before they went to the motel. Additional investigation exposed that they experienced communicated by way of a relationship internet site.
The suspected serial killer was arrested very last month on initially-degree murder fees. Robinson was billed with the murders of Redmon and Smith.
Law enforcement will need to verify far more forensic proof just before they demand him with murdering the 3rd and fourth victims.
“We will will need the confirmed ID’s from DNA. Hopefully (an) autopsy will reveal a result in and fashion of death. We have ample proof to put him at the scene with (Brown) and science will have to carry us the rest of the way to confirm he killed her,” Guglielmi informed WTOP.
Main Davis mentioned, “He’s killed four previously. We suspect there may perhaps be other victims. We are going to uncover out specifically in which he’s been … to see if we can determine any other victims and families he has brought hurt to.”
“What’s his MO? Relationship web sites, motels, blunt drive trauma. searching carts, remaining resting put,” Davis explained.