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Cold case detectives on Monday announced a breakthrough in identifying two women believed killed by a serial killer decades ago in Texas.
League City police said DNA and genetic genealogy helped them to the women whose bodies were found in an abandoned oil field, where two other murdered women have been found.
The four victims were found between 1984 and 1991 and the area where the discovery occurred is known as the “killing fields”, the Houston Chronicle.
Over the years, the police called the two unknown women, Jane and Janet doe.
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On Monday, the press conference, League City police chief Gary Ratliff identified Jane Doe as a 32-year-old Audrey Cook, of Memphis, Tennessee. and Janet de Vries on 34-year-old Donna Prudhomme, of Port Arthur, Texas.
For years, cold case detectives in League City, Tex., knew Audrey Cook, left, and Donna Prudhomme, right, Jane and Janet doe. The police believe they were the victims of a serial killer.
(League City Police Department)
The police said that the families of the two women are informed of the news.
“We’ve had some emotional conversations with members of the family,” Lt. Michael Buffington said. “This is not unlike telling someone their family member was murdered yesterday.”
Detectives found the relatives of the Cook, and Prudhomme after the upload of their DNA in genealogy website FamilyTreeDNA.
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The FBI suspects a serial killer in the four killings, the Houston Chronicle in 1993.
The police said the other two victims are Heidi End and Laura Miller. End, 25, of League City, had been missing for about six months when the police found her body in April 1984. Two children bikes found Miller’s body in February 1986. Miller was a 16-year-old runaway from League City, who had been reported missing five months earlier.
The researchers found Cook’s body when they examined the Miller case. She was last seen, two months earlier. She was shot in the back of the head with a small caliber weapon, according to the police, who have not yet revealed how the other died. Found the police to stop Responding to the body in September 1991. She had last heard from two months earlier.
“We have girls with similar appearances and similar hair color. The area where the bodies are left [it seems]. The girls are all naked,” League City Sgt. Pat Bittne told the Austin American Statesman in 1993.
Buffington said the police in the hope to learn more about Cooking and Prudhomme as they continue to work the cold case.
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“We want to hear from people who knew these girls before they went missing,” he said.