Characteristics: Long-haul trucker
Number of victims: 7 +
Date of murders: 1987
Date of birth:
Victims profile: Donna Lee White, 27 /
Valerie Jones, 38 / Dorothea Wetzel, 40 / Jacquelynn
Thomas, 42 / Lily Summers, 43 /
Jackie Simpson, 33 / Melissa
Weber, 37 (mostly
Method of murder: Strangulation -
Location: New Jersey/ Ohio, USA
Sentenced to two life sentences without the possibility of parole
on October 2, 2006
Ohio serial killer indicted for
1987 Atlantic Co. murder
June 25, 2010
MAYS LANDING -- After 23 years in
the making, Atlantic County Authorities have indicted a convicted serial
killer for a murder in South Jersey back in September of 1987.
Dellmus Colvin, 51, who is
currently serving time in an Ohio prison, was indicted Thursday for
murdering a woman, Somers Point resident Donna Lee White.
Although Colvin was the main
suspect at the time, the Medical Examiner's Office determined White's
death to have been caused by acute cocaine intoxication and the case was
It wasn't until the fall of 2009
that the Prosecutor's Office went back to review the cold case and found
Colvin was being investigated for other crimes in Toledo, Ohio.
He was eventually linked to the
murders of 5 women there from 2000 to 2005, however, it's long been
believed he had many other victims across the country.
Serial killers, victims invisible to outsiders
By Robin Erb and Erica Blake - ToledoBlade.com
Of all the questions Barb Angel
wants answered about her daughter's murder, it is this: Why?
"She was such a nice, bubbly, happy girl," said Ms.
Angel of her daughter, Joan Elaine Palacio, who according to Ms. Angel
was lured by drugs into a life of prostitution before her body was found
in a weedy East Toledo lot Sept. 15, 2002.
"I want to know how anyone could do this to her - to
anyone," Ms. Angel said.
Earlier this month, Ms. Angel hoped she might get the
answer to another question about her daughter's death: Who killed her?
In a tense Lucas County Common Pleas Court on Oct. 2,
Toledo long-haul trucker Dellmus Colvin admitted to strangling and
suffocating five prostitutes and dumping their bodies in remote areas in
and around the city. Ms. Angel's daughter was not among the victims.
The next day, police connected him to a sixth murder.
Police said they are now considering Colvin's links to a seventh
murdered prostitute, Debra Dixon.
They're not done.
Because this much has been known for years: Hookers
are easy targets, especially for serial killers.
"All your lives you tell your
children, 'Don't talk to strangers' and 'For God's sake, don't ever get
in a car with strangers.' Then these people go up and try to talk their
way into the car with those strangers," said Sheriff's Lt. Clarke Fine
of Hendricks County, Indiana.
As in other detective offices across the country,
Toledo investigators are taking a fresh look at old murders.
They're relying on forensic databases and other new
technology to connect missing persons reports to unidentified bodies and
serial killers to prostitutes - now trying to connect series of murders
rather than investigating each as an isolated case.
For two years, Lieutenant Fine has been searching for
the killer of Buffie Rae Brawley, a Toledo prostitute whose body was
discovered at an abandoned truck stop outside Indianapolis.
He and other investigators working the cases of
murdered prostitutes face an exasperating paradox: For as easy as
prostitutes are to prey upon, their killers are often impossible to
Prostitutes are marginalized, transient, often drug-addicted,
and leery of police. Especially in the case of truck-stop prostitutes,
disdainfully dubbed by some as "lot lizards," their disappearance often
goes unnoticed until someone discovers a body.
That happened to Yvonne Mipe, 43, and Felita Thomas,
36, victims of a pair of Toledo men later convicted in their deaths. The
murders in September of 1999 - about the same time that Colvin went on
his murderous spree - weren't discovered until their bodies were found
in January of this year in a frozen Monroe County farm field.
All the while, serial killers like Colvin can find
anonymity in plain sight as a truck driver, living as a loner and,
through a legitimate profession, crisscrossing the country.
Colvin's case underscores another frustration for
investigators: At least once, Colvin killed inside his truck cab, dumped
the body outside, and pulled away.
Portable crime scene
"Your crime scene literally is portable. The crime
scene might be in Nebraska by the time you find a body," said John Helm,
an investigator with the Wood County prosecutor's office.
In Lake Township, two cases continue to stymie
investigators. One of them, Victoria Collins, an exotic dancer from
Cleveland whose naked, frozen body was found in 1996, most likely died
elsewhere but was dumped in Lake Township, Mr. Helm said.
Worst of all for investigators, there's no obvious
motive - a critical, tell-tale clue to any homicide investigation - and
often no other link between victim and killer.
"A random act of violence is very hard to solve, and
compound that with [a killer] who might travel 1,200 miles a day every
day all over the country," said Lake Township Police Chief Mark Hummer.
That's the heartbreaking realization for loved ones
who might wait years, even decades, for a killer to be identified.
It has been almost 10 years since Helen Zedaker
learned that her pregnant daughter's body was discovered partially
clothed on a Spencer Township farm. Left in a watery ditch for several
days, Heidi Theisen's only injuries indicated she'd been asphyxiated.
Investigators have interviewed friends, family, and
acquaintances. They have run Ms. Theisen's photo to the news media and
tracked down leads.
There have been no arrests.
"I think about her all the time," said Mrs. Zedaker,
68, from her home in New Bavaria, Ohio. "I don't know if it will ever
Even with an arrest, convictions in a prostitute's
murder are far from guaranteed.
Witnesses might be other prostitutes or drug users
with credibility problems. DNA isn't lock-solid evidence either.
Michael Bates, 42, was arrested last year in the 1990
murder in Monroe County, Michigan, of Connie Baker Slayton, 24, whose
partially clothed body was discovered by a passer-by along Albain Road
She had been stabbed once in the chest.
Monroe County sheriff's Detective Dave Davison said a
break in the case came in 2004 after investigators at the Michigan State
Police Crime lab ran a test on semen collected from the scene 14 years
earlier. The DNA led detectives to Mr. Bates.
But on June 15, after a four-day trial, a Monroe
County jury found Mr. Bates not guilty of the murder.
"The jury felt it was proved that he was the last
person who had sex with her but not the person who killed her,"
Detective Davison said. "Because she was a prostitute, I believe that
weighed in the jurors' minds."
Yet, there are the unexpected breaks.
In Colvin's case, it came with a plea agreement hours
before the third day of his trial for murdering two prostitutes was to
resume in Lucas County Common Pleas Court.
Colvin admitted responsibility for the deaths of
Jackie Simpson, 33, whose decomposed body was found April 23, 2003,
under bushes near a tanning business on Creekside Avenue, and Melissa
Weber, 37, whose body was found May 9, 2005, under a couch in a vacant
trucking terminal behind 1045 Matzinger Rd.
He also admitted his role in the unsolved slayings of
three other Toledo-area prostitutes: Valerie Jones, 38, a grandmother
whose skeletal remains were found Jan. 6, 2000, near the Ottawa River
and Hoffman Road landfill; Jacquelynn Thomas, 42, whose body was found
Sept. 2, 2000, just across the Michigan line near Smith and Telegraph
roads in Bedford Township; and Lily Summers, 43, a mother of two whose
body was found April 8, 2002, in a 45-foot tractor-trailer behind B&B
Repairs, 4400 Martin-Moline Rd., near Metcalf Field in Lake Township,
All five women had been strangled or smothered, their
bodies wrapped in sheets and blankets, and dumped.
Colvin pleaded guilty under a plea agreement to four
counts of aggravated murder and one count of complicity to aggravated
murder. In exchange, prosecutors lifted the death-penalty specification
against him; they also dismissed rape charges in the sexual assaults of
a 47-year-old Toledo woman in April, 2004, and a 31-year-old city woman
in July, 2003. Both lived through their attacks.
Judge Thomas Osowik immediately sentenced Colvin to
five consecutive sentences of life in prison.
The next day, police said, Colvin admitted his
involvement in the death of 40-year-old Dorothea Wetzel of Toledo, whose
skeletal remains were found Aug. 5, 2000, by a man walking his dog near
the Maumee River in South Toledo.
Police said they are now investigating Colvin's
possible role in a seventh murder: the death of 44-year-old Debra C.
Dixon, a prostitute whose battered and severely burned body was found in
an empty wooded lot in the 4100 block of Creekside Avenue early
Christmas Eve, 2000.
Colvin's confessions have prompted investigators to
examine other area cold-case murders, particularly those involving
prostitutes. Police have also contacted more than 100 police departments
nationwide where the Toledo truck driver was known to have traveled.
"We have no idea what they have or what we'll find,"
Toledo police Sgt. Steve Forrester said.
Colvin has repeatedly denied requests for media
interviews unless he's paid.
In a brief telephone conversation with a Blade
reporter, he wanted to know first: Would he be compensated for his
He was told paying for stories is neither ethical nor
negotiable, and no news organization most likely would pay him for his
"Oh, they will. Believe me, they will," he replied. "There's
a lot of things you don't know [that] people want to know. Thank you and
He hung up.
Letter from jail
Later, he sent a letter from jail to The Blade,
criticizing the newspaper's unwillingness to pay him for an interview.
In Harrisburg, Pa., last week, Colvin's case was
presented at the FBI's Violent Criminal Apprehension Program's Truck
Driver Serial Killings meeting, where investigators nationwide swap
information about still-unsolved murders and still-unidentified bodies.
In Wood County, Mr. Helm continues to scan headlines
and police databases as serial killers, and their travels, continue to
And in a tidy Oregon home, Ms. Palacio smiles in
snapshots taken years ago: as a little girl in her Brownie uniform and
later with T-ball equipment, as a high school senior, and as a young
mother with her infant son.
Colvin's confession refreshed Ms. Angel's pain, but
hope that her daughter's killer will be found diminishes with each
"First you go nuts. It's all you can think about. You
can't sleep. You can't drive well. You're crazed," she said. "Then you
realize: I have to accept that I may never have those answers."
Serial Killer Admits to
A 47-year old truck
driver on trial for murdering two Toledo women, confessed to killing
another two women. He also told authorities that he was involved with
killing a fifth woman. In exchange for "copping" a guilty plea, Dellmus
Colvin will not face execution.
He was instead sentenced to two life
sentences without the possibility of parole at the Lucas County
courthouse on Monday. the assistant prosecutor, Tim Braun, said, "He
finally came clean about a number of other killings he had been involved
The victims' -- Jackie
Simpson and Melissa Weber -- bodies were both discovered between 2000
and 2005 wrapped in blankets and hidden in secluded areas. Both women
were alleged prostitutes. Colvin was matched to the murders through DNA
analysis. Colvin admitted to the additional murders Sunday night to
police and prosecutors.
Weber's mother Theresa said she did not object to Colvin skipping death
row because she wanted the confessions to come out for the family
members' sakes. Weber told reporters, "Those parents and families needed
to have closure. It would have been hard to live without knowing what
happened to your child."
looks at serial killer
Police are looking into
whether a Toledo truck driver who confessed to killing five women in
Ohio is linked to the June 2004 slaying of a woman in Cumberland County.
Toledo police said they
have shared information on convicted serial killer Dellmus Colvin with
state police troopers investigating the slaying of Vesta Haufe, whose
body was found along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in West Pennsboro Twp.
State police Cpl. George Cronin wouldn't comment yesterday on possible
suspects in Haufe's slaying.
On Monday, Colvin, 47,
pleaded guilty in the Ohio slayings amid his trial on murder and
kidnapping charges. A Lucas County, Ohio, judge immediately sentenced
him to five consecutive life prison terms, according to published
reports. Colvin's confession occurred at the same time that a Cumberland
County judge granted a request by Coroner Michael Norris to exhume the
remains of Haufe, 44, of Knoxville, Tenn., to try to secure DNA.
Norris said the DNA
could help pin down a killer, perhaps by matching it to evidence that
could be found in a suspect's home or vehicle. While local authorities
wouldn't comment on Colvin, police said the victims in the Ohio killings
were prostitutes. Investigators have said that Haufe, too, was a
prostitute and a drug user who frequented truck stops. "He preferred to
kill prostitutes," Toledo police Sgt. Steve Forrester said of Colvin.
A Toledo detective will
come to Harrisburg this month to address an interstate conference for
investigators of unsolved slayings such as Haufe's, Forrester said. So
far, he said, Colvin has admitted only to murders in the Toledo area.
According to the Toledo
Blade newspaper, Colvin admitted killing Valerie Jones, 38, and
Jacquelynn A. Thomas, 42, in 2000; Lily Summers, 43, in 2003, Jackie
Simpson, 33, in 2003; and Melissa Weber, 37, in 2005. "He claims he
didn't do any more," Forrester said.
He said fuel purchase records will
be used to trace Colvin's trips across the country since 1998 to help
determine if he could have committed other murders. It's a question
Sharon Ratliff of Maryville, Tenn., Haufe's sister, also wants answered.
Ratliff said Haufe, who had six children, battled a crack cocaine
addiction, but was starting to re-form. "For the first time she was
cleaning up her life," Ratliff said. "She was going to school to be a
paralegal. She was in rehab. She'd just gotten saved. In church she
turned her life over to Christ. "I don't know why anyone would have done
this terrible thing," she said. "I want to see [her killer] found. I'd
like to see him put out of business completely." Cronin said the Haufe
probe "absolutely" is making progress.
A network of police
agencies, spearheaded by the FBI, is coordinating investigations into
such unsolved murders across the country, he said. Cronin said more than
150 cases, some dating a decade or more, remain open. "There's no
statute of limitations on murder," Cronin said. "We never forget our
Colvin tied to 6th
Serial killer details drug death, investigators report
By Robin Erb and Erica Blake - ToledoBlade.com
Wednesday, October 4, 2006
Dellmus Colvin, the Toledo long-haul trucker and convicted serial killer,
has admitted "his involvement" in the death of a sixth prostitute,
investigators said yesterday.
"He told us the method of her death," Toledo police Sgt. Steve Forrester
said. "It was an intended overdose."
He declined to elaborate on Colvin's role in the murder of 40-year-old
Dorothea Wetzel of Toledo, citing the ongoing investigation, but said
others may be involved in her death.
Ms. Wetzel's skeletal remains were found Aug. 5, 2000, by a man walking
his dog near the Maumee River in South Toledo.
Like Colvin's other victims, Ms. Wetzel - who also went by the last name
Oviedo and was nicknamed "Angel" - was a known prostitute, according to
police and court records. And like several of Colvin's other victims,
her body had been wrapped in a blanket and discarded in a desolate area.
Yesterday, police again spoke to Colvin, whom they said may have carried
the bodies of one or two of his victims with him until they were
Calling the 47-year-old Colvin "twisted," assistant prosecutor Tim Braun
compared him to Jack the Ripper, the notorious killer of at least five
prostitutes in the Whitechapel section of London in 1888.
"It's the same motivation. This is having sex with women you hate. He
blames them for having sex for money, but he's paying for them. Then, to
feel superior, he kills them," Mr. Braun said, noting letters that
Colvin sent to another prostitute while he was in custody.
They are vitriolic and laced with profanity, telling her she is worth
nothing, Mr. Braun said.
Investigator Tom Ross, who spent several hours interviewing Colvin late
Sunday evening and into Monday morning, agreed: "I think it's a control
thing. It's 'I kill because I can.'•"
The cases against Colvin abruptly unfolded Monday during the third day
of his trial for the murders of Jackie Simpson, 33, whose body was found
April 23, 2003, and Melissa Weber, 37, whose body was found May 9, 2005.
Called to their seats just after lunch, the jury was dismissed as
attorneys finalized the deal.
Finally, Colvin stood, admitting one by one to killing Ms. Weber and Ms.
Simpson, as well as Lily Summers, 43, whose body was found April 8,
2002; Jacquelynn Thomas, 42, whose body was found Sept. 2, 2000; and
Valerie Jones, 38, whose body was found Jan. 6, 2000.
All five Toledo area women had been strangled or smothered - their
bodies wrapped in sheets and blankets, and dumped. Several were badly
decomposed. Mr. Braun and another assistant prosecutor, J. Christopher
Anderson, yesterday said forensics revealed that at least two of the
women were dead long before their bodies were discarded.
Lucas County Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas Osowik gave Colvin five
consecutive life sentences, but Colvin's confession allowed him to avoid
the death penalty under a plea agreement reached with prosecutors.
Colvin declined to be interviewed by media yesterday unless he was paid,
jail personnel said. The Blade does not pay for interviews.
Police had begun to suspect Colvin of a series of murders more than a
year ago after one prostitute told police critical details following an
attack by Colvin. During the assault, she urinated on the sheets in his
cab in order to leave her DNA, the assistant prosecutors said.
"She thought he was going to kill her," Mr. Braun said. "She was going
to do everything she could so that if they came looking for her, they'd
Additionally, she memorized details of the truck Colvin drove at the
Investigators eventually matched her assailant's DNA with evidence in a
string of rapes of local prostitutes and to the murder of Ms. Weber,
separate trial against Colvin on two rape charges ended in a mistrial in
November. In the meantime, police continued to build their murder cases
against him. On the second day of the trial Friday, a man described as
Colvin's best friend testified that Colvin had asked for cleaning
supplies and was in a hotel room where he saw what appeared to be a body
covered with a sheet.
saw the writing on the wall," said investigator Tom Ross of the
Colvin was "freaked
out" by the prospect of the death penalty, Mr. Ross said.
members of the victims have come to terms with Colvin's sentence of life
in prison. Judy Simpson, who testified during the first day of his
trial, said she was surprised by the plea that saved her daughter's
killer from the death penalty.
feel that my daughter is gone forever and he'll still be alive," she
said, adding that her daughter was not only a good mother to her two
children but someone who took care of everyone in her family.
[investigators] will be able to find more [victims] and other families
will have some closure," she added. "In that case, it's a good thing."
could not accept Colvin's negotiated life sentence, including the former
prostitute who provided the critical details in her rape.
The Blade does not
identify the victims of sex crimes.
wanted him to get the death penalty," she said Monday after Colvin was
led from court in chains.
"I didn't get a choice.
Those other girls didn't get a choice on whether they lived. Why should
he get a choice?"
Defense attorneys and prosecutors negotiated throughout the weekend.
Late Sunday, Mr.
Ross and Sergeant Forrester met with Colvin and his attorneys.
began talking about cases in which investigators acknowledged they
otherwise had little or no evidence against him.
Ultimately, Colvin gave them the names of the six prostitutes he said he
killed, but investigators didn't have enough time to verify his account
on Ms. Wetzel's death until yesterday, Sergeant Forrester said.
sentenced in killings
October 03, 2006
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Investigators
believe five women whose bodies were found in secluded, industrial areas
in a roughly five-year span had been working as prostitutes to feed
their drug addictions.
They had at least one other thing in common - the man
who killed them.
Truck driver Dellmus Colvin, 47, pleaded guilty
Monday to four counts of aggravated murder and one count of complicity
to commit murder in exchange for prosecutors' agreeing not to seek the
Lucas County Common Pleas Judge Thomas Osowik
sentenced Colvin to two consecutive terms of life in prison with no
chance for parole.
Theresa Weber, mother of one of the victims, said
that even though they had all fallen on tough times, they didn't deserve
"They were all mothers," she said. "They all had
Colvin went on trial last week in the deaths of
Weber's daughter, Melissa Weber, and Jackie Simpson. Both were strangled
and wrapped in sheets and blankets before being dumped, prosecutors said.
Investigators linked Colvin to the slayings through
DNA evidence, prosecutors said during the trial. He agreed to a plea
deal because he wanted to avoid a death sentence and the solitary
confinement of death row, Assistant Prosecutor Tim Braun said.
The other victims were Lily Summers, 43, Valerie
Jones, 38, and Jacquelynn Thomas 42. Braun did not provide details of
their deaths, though he said all the bodies were found in the Toledo
area between 2000 and 2005.
Investigators had suspected Colvin was involved in
more than just the two murders he was charged with and were pressing him
to admit to other killings, Braun said. Colvin admitted to all five
killings Sunday night during a meeting with police and prosecutors,
"He finally came clean," Braun said.
Weber said she didn't object to the plea deal because
it allowed Colvin to admit to the other killings.
"Those parents and families needed to have closure,"
she said. "It would have been hard to live without knowing what happened
to your child."
A message seeking comment was left Monday evening at
the office of Colvin's attorney, Jack Viren.
Trucker Confesses To Killing Five Prostitutes
truck driver on trial in the deaths of two women pleaded guilty Monday
to killing four women and taking part in the slaying of another, ONN
affiliate WNWO reported.
the women were prostitutes whose bodies were found in the Toledo area
between 2000 and 2005, prosecutors said.
Dellmus Colvin, 47, pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and complicity
to commit murder.
In exchange, prosecutors agreed not to seek the death
Dellmus Colvin shocked court observers, admitting to not only killing
Jackie Simpson and Melissa Weber, but also three other women he wasn't
even charged with murdering.
hope he'll rot in hell.
The eternity of fire,"
said Theresa Weber, victim's mother.
surprise move, Colvin made the shocking admission that he would strike a
deal with prosecutors to avoid the death penality.
The man who took at
least five lives confessed to spare his own.
Melissa Weber is one of the women Colvin says he murdered.
Her family says Colvin
should be put to death, but they agreed to the plea deal to give the
families of other victims peace.
think he should have got the death penalty.
But for the other
families that didn't know where their children were, or what happened,
that's why I said yes, go ahead and do this," said Theresa Weber.
addition to Weber, Colvin admitted to killing Lily Summers, who's body
was found near Metcalf Field and Valerie Jones, who was found near the
He also confessed to the murders of Jacquelynn Thomas and
Jackie Simpson. Police believe all were prostitutes.
Weber's family believes there are probably more victims out there.
question is, 'Are there more?' I mean, in addition to this, how many? I can't believe this is just it," said Michael Riebie.
the terms of the plea deal, Colvin will spend the rest of his life in
prison without a chance for parole.
accused preyed on prostitutes
Death penalty sought in trial
Friday, September 29, 2006
Toledo man accused in the slayings of two women and the sexual assaults
of two other victims preyed on prostitutes who needed money to support
drug addictions, a Lucas County assistant prosecutor told a jury
put it simply and use a general term, he is a serial killer," Timothy
Braun, the assistant prosecutor, said in his opening statement to the
Common Pleas Court jurors.
Dellmus Colvin, 47, is charged with aggravated murder in the deaths of
Melissa Weber and Jackie Simpson. The charges include death-penalty
Mr. Braun said both of the victims, to support their addictions to crack
cocaine, descended into living on the streets and working as prostitutes.
"But these women were people and they were all victims of Dellmus Colvin,"
Ms. Simpson, 33, the mother of two children, had been missing nearly
three months before she was found April 23, 2003, under bushes near a
tanning business at 4200 Creekside Ave.
Ms. Weber, 37, was found May 9, 2005, in a vacant trucking terminal
behind 1045 Matzinger Rd. Her decomposed body was wrapped in a sheet and
hidden under a vinyl turquoise couch.
truck driver, Mr. Braun was charged with the murder of Ms. Weber in
October after police linked him to the crime through a DNA analysis.
Mr. Braun said genetic testing of evidence taken from the victims at
autopsies linked the defendant to the homicides: fingernail clippings of
Ms. Weber and vaginal swabs of Ms. Simpson showed the existence of
Colvin's DNA profile.
He said the pattern of the crimes were consistent: The victims were
strangled and suffocated, wrapped in sheets and blankets, and dumped in
desolate areas in the city's industrial north end.
Colvin also is charged in the sexual assaults of two Toledo women, ages
47 and 31, who were assaulted in April, 2004, and July, 2003. Mr. Braun
said the women, also prostitutes, lived through their attacks.
Theresa Weber, the mother of Ms. Weber, looked down and appeared
saddened when photos of her daughter were displayed to jurors on the
courtroom computer monitor while the assistant prosecutor spoke.
Defense attorney Jack Viren cautioned jurors to keep open minds during
the trial because Colvin is presumed innocent, and the state must prove
its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
have to listen to the evidence the state presents. We ask that you
afford Dellmus the same rights you would expect if you were sitting in
Dellmus' seat,'' he said.
Mr. Viren also said that the existence of Colvin's DNA doesn't mean that
he inflicted the injuries that killed the women. "Nobody knows how it
got there. No one can testify when it got there," he said.
Judy Simpson, the mother of Ms. Simpson, testified later yesterday about
reporting to police that her daughter, the second eldest of five
children, disappeared in mid January, 2003.
She said her daughter was a "good person'' even through her three-year
addition to crack cocaine.
Also testifying was Nicholas Vaugh Weber, the 19-year-old son of Ms.
Weber, and eldest of her three children. He told jurors they lived
apart, but he attempted to keep in nearly daily contact with her.
He said Ms. Weber disappeared in early February, 2005, after she left
the South Toledo home where she was staying with another woman.
Terry Cousino and Jerry Schriefer, detectives with the Toledo police
scientific investigations unit, said the murder victims appeared to have
been dumped in the locations, which were about two miles apart.
Ms. Weber was wrapped in a purple comforter that had been bound with
strips of bed sheet. Detective Schriefer said the linens were tagged
with the logo of the Toledo Budget Inn Motel on South Reynolds Road.