CNN has brought to light an FBI and Cleveland Police investigation that may be close to finding a connection between the three missing teens. All were female. All went missing within five blocks of each other. And all have never been seen again.
Law enforcement investigators are looking into hundreds of leads concerning the three missing persons cases, hoping to find a link, a connection that might help locate the three young women.
Amanda Berry was 16 when she disappeared. After leaving her job at Burger King at 7:30 p.m. on April 21, 2003, Amanda Berry vanished between her workplace and home, even though she lived only a few blocks away from the Burger King.
Georgina DeJesus was last seen after placing a phone call on April 2, 2004, from a pay phone. She and a friend had called to get permission for a sleepover at her friend’s house, which was denied. After the two girls parted company around 3 p.m., 14-year-old Georgina DeJesus disappeared.
Ashley Summers was last seen on July 6, 2007, disappearing after a family altercation. Ashley Summers was originally listed as a runaway, but the FBI says that the then 14-year-old has never been seen or heard from since going missing.
Ashley would still be 15 years old. Georgina DeJesus would now be 19. Amanda Berry would be 22.
Three teenage girls. Three cases of missing persons. All occurring within a relative short distance of each other. All within the past four years.
But there might be a connection between these missing young women, one (or more) that may take years of sifting through old leads and new leads to match up. Although the three incidents may be unrelated, the three girls may have become victim of a serial killer working the neighborhood where the girls once lived. As unpleasant as it may be, the scenario that a serial killer could be involved is one that law enforcement officials must entertain, due to the history of many serial killers being fairly territorial.
Dennis Rader would terrorize the city of Wichita, Kansas, and surrounding Sedgwick County from 1974 to 1991 before police would tie him to taunting letters sent to police and local news agencies that boasted of his killings. Dennis Rader became known as the BTK Killer, which stood for “bind, torture, and kill,” a description of his methodology. According to Trutv.com, Rader was arrested in 2005 and subsequently convicted.
Wayne Williams lived in the Dixie Hills neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia, where many of his alleged victims lived or once lived. All of the murders, collectively known as the Atlanta Child Murders, occurred between 1979 and 1981. After Wayne Williams’ 1982 conviction of murdering two adult men, the Atlanta Police declared 23 of 29 child murders Willams was suspected of as solved.
Resources for Missing And Abused Children:
National Center For Missing And Exploited Children
Child Abuse Watch