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    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Law officers from five states comparing notes on a series of puzzling slayings have decided to ask the FBI for help in determining if the "redhead" murders are the work of a single killer.

    The officers emerged from a six-hour meeting Wednesday saying they may be on the verge of identifying the latest victim.
    The body would be the first identified of the eight young, white female victims linked in the case, which has baffled authorities from Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas.
    The Tennessee Crime Lab has sent the FBI fingerprints found this month near a nude corpse discovered in Greene County, said Steve Watson, deputy director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
    Watson said the investigation is emphasizing identification of the victims before concentrating on finding suspects in the case.
    The 21 law enforcement officials who converged on Nashville also agreed to ask the FBI to profile all eight homicides to determine if they are the work of a serial killer.
    Each jurisdiction will continue to pursue the case or cases in their areas and will submit information to the Tennessee agency, which will share the information with all five states, Watson said.
    As many as 11 unidentified women have been linked previously to the investigation, which has been tagged the case of the "redhead" murders because many of the victims had red or reddish hair.
    Watson said authorities are not certain about the number of victims or that one person is responsible for the killings.
    "While there are some similarities in the cases, there's also a great number of dissimilarities," Watson said.
    Watson said only three were true redheads, and the others were strawberry blondes or dark-haired. At least five were strangled, and all were found along major highways.
    However, while some were clothed, other bodies were found nude.
    Watson would not comment about suspects in the case, nor about a truck driver from Cleveland, Tenn., who was arrested in March in connection with the attempted strangulation of an auburn-haired woman from Knoxville.
    However, John Maples, Knox County chief of detectives, said he does not consider Jerry Leon Johns, 37, a suspect in the killings.
    Officials have speculated that the killer or killers apparently preyed on prostitutes, hitchhikers or those without family ties.
    On Monday, the TBI added another body to its list - a red-haired corpse recovered April 1 near Interstate 75 outside Corbin, Ky.
    The TBI's list includes bodies found near Memphis, Tenn., in October 1983; Shearerville, Ark., last Sept. 16; Comru Township, Pa., last Dec. 23; Jellico, Tenn., on Jan. 1; Hernando, Miss., on Jan. 24; Ashland City, Tenn., on March 31; Corbin on April 1; and Greeneville, Tenn., on April 14.
    The list of victims has changed frequently as investigators tried to determine possible links in the murders.
    Four women killed between September 1984 and February 1985 in the Fort Worth, Texas, area were dropped from the list after investigators discounted the evidence that originally linked the cases.
    And Watson said there doesn't appear to be sufficient evidence to link a victim found in 1981 in Ohio with the other killings.

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    Kentucky State Police seeks help identifying cold case victim

    GRAY, Ky. (WATE) – Investigators in Knox County, Kentucky are seeking help in identifying a female victim in a cold case.

    (Photo: NAMUS)
    The woman’s body was found at a rural dump site near U.S. 25 East in the area of Gilliam Hill on April 1, 1985. Her body was inside an old refrigerator. Investigators believe she was murdered.

    She is estimated to be between the ages of 25-35-years-old. The victim was wearing two necklaces: a heart pendant and an eagle pendant.

    Witnesses say the woman was seen at a truck stop in Corbin the day before her body was found. She was trying to get a ride to North Carolina, according to witnesses.

    If you have any information, contact Kentucky State Police at 606-573-3131.

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    Facebook post brings hope to Kentucky Jane Doe cold case

    In 1985, a small town in rural Knox County, Kentucky, gave an unidentified woman a funeral after a killer dumped her body in a refrigerator.

    A woman known for decades only as Red-Headed Jane Doe may finally have a name and a family.

    In 1985, a small town in rural Knox County, Kentucky, gave an unidentified woman a funeral after a killer dumped her body in a refrigerator.

    Two men found the refrigerator - with the woman's body inside - in a wooded spot off 25E on April 1, 1985. An autopsy showed the woman died from asphyxiation.

    Without a name or known loved ones, the town of Barbourville adopted the woman, donating a casket and a grave site. Hundreds turned out for her funeral.

    In July, Knox County, Kentucky, Executive Judge J.M. Hall told WBIR the community was still hoping to one day find out the woman's identity and let her family know where she was buried.

    Now, 32 years later after the woman's body was found, a Facebook post has brought hope to this cold case and to one North Carolina family.

    Elizabeth Pilgrim told Lexington NBC-affiliate WLEX that she was just barely 6-weeks-old when her mother, Espy Regina Black Pilgrim disappeared.

    On Friday, Elizabeth's aunt came across a post about unidentified murder victims.

    "When she seen the picture, she had a feeling and called the police department," Elizabeth said in a phone interview.

    Kentucky State Police detectives are going to North Carolina next week to collect a DNA sample from Elizabeth to see if they can confirm that Red-Headed Jane Doe is her mother.

    Elizabeth said that the composite strikingly resembles her mother. She said that her brother noticed on the Facebook post that Red-Headed Jane Doe had a birthmark "above and behind" her left ankle. Elizabeth said their mother had a birthmark behind her left ankle and wore the same necklace featured in the Facebook photos.

    Until she gets definitive answers, Elizabeth said she can only hope that this mystery is solved.

    "Everybody is just as anxious to figure out the results as we are, it's very overwhelming," she said.

    Elizabeth said she has five siblings.

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