LOS ANGELES — The FBI suspects there's a link between long-haul truckers and serial killers, and runs a national program to track murders along popular trucking routes, according to a newspaper report.
The Los Angeles Times reports that federal authorities first made the connection five years ago while investigating a string of unsolved killings along Interstate 40 in Oklahoma and several other states.
After patterns started emerging, the FBI launched the Highway Serial Killings Initiative to track suspicious slayings and suspect truckers.
A computer database now includes more than 500 female murder victims whose bodies were discarded at truck stops, motels and other locations.
"You've got a mobile crime scene," one investigator told the Times. "You can pick a girl up on the East Coast, kill her two states away and then dump her three states after that."