Fairfax County, Virginia, police officers announced Friday they may face the fifth victim of a “shopping cart killer” after a dead woman was found in a shopping cart in Washington, DC officials believe. that can lure women using killer dating apps.
Anthony Guglielmi, Fairfax County Police Spokesperson, said on Twitter: “This week we also received a credible tip that suggests that our person of interest may be a person of interest in the Washington DC case where a women’s shopping cart I was found dead.” “Digital information keeps him in the area at the time of his disappearance.”
The body of the woman in question was found by officials in the Washington, DC, area. She was covered with a blanket.
After receiving unknown information, law enforcement was taken to the area of the deceased woman. His identity has not been revealed.
The fifth body was found as police continue to investigate 35-year-old Anthony Robinson, a Washington, D.C. man currently being held on two counts of first-degree murder and additional counts of illegally transporting or concealing a body. .
The allegations were based on the remains of two women found last November in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Robinson would reportedly use shopping carts to transfer the remains of his victims, thus earning him the nickname of the “shopping cart killer”.
Altogether four women in the state of Virginia have been named as possible victims of the murder: two women found in Harrisonburg late last year, and an additional two women also found dead in Alexandria.
The two women found in Harrisonburg were previously identified as Ellen Beth Redmon, 54, of Harrisonburg, and Tonita Lloris Smith, 39, of Charlottesville. The discovery of these bodies eventually led to Robinson’s arrest on 23 November.
News of a possible fifth victim comes as officials on Friday confirmed the identities of two victims found in the Alexandria area: Stephanie Harrison, 48, of Redding, Calif., and Cheyenne Brown, 29, of Washington, DC.
The decomposition of the Alexandria bodies made identification difficult, but investigators began to believe that one of the remains was Brown after it was reported missing last October. Detectives also left for Redding to work to confirm Harrison’s identity.
These actions eventually confirmed the bodies as Harrison and Brown, Fairfax County officials said that “a private laboratory in Fairfax County stepped in to expedite the DNA processing of our victims.”
While Robinson has not been charged in relation to the Alexandria women, Fairfax officials have said they will bring charges in relation to the murders.
As the investigation into Robinson’s activities continues, police said they believe he may have used two dating apps, Plenty of Fish and Tagged, to try to attract women to him.
Officials said they believed more victims could potentially be found, adding that there were people who managed to escape. “We believe that there may be more [victims],” Gugliemi added on Twitter, requesting the public to come forward with information.
This sentiment was echoed by Fairfax Police Chief Kevin Davis, who said that “we believe there are survivors out there.”
newsweek Fairfax has reached out to the County Police Department for comment.