Expert: Killer could strike anywhere along I-10
by Todd Billiot of The Daily Advertiser
Posted on December 24, 2002

LAFAYETTE - Criminal profiler Brent E. Turvey said in August that the serial killer could likely range anywhere along Interstate 10.

The killer tied to the deaths of three women near Baton Rouge struck again in the Lafayette area last month, about 50 miles west of Baton Rouge along I-10, authorities announced Monday.

"When you have a major interstate nearby, you've got to recognize the serial killer could be anywhere along that interstate," Turvey said Monday.

The highway links New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles and Orange, Texas, with a major link to Interstate 49 on into Alexandria.

Trineisha Dené Colomb, 23, of Lafayette was reported missing Nov. 22 after her car was found abandoned in Grand Coteau. Two days later, the woman's body was found about 20 miles away by a hunter in a wooded field in Scott.

In Baton Rouge, Gina Wilson Green, 41, was found strangled in her home in September. Charlotte Murray Pace, 22, was found stabbed to death in her home in May. Pam Kinamore, 44, was abducted from her home July 12 and her body dumped about 30 miles away from Baton Rouge off I-10 toward Lafayette.

Based on what he knows about the case, Turvey said these crimes are probably not the first for the serial killer. He said authorities are surely checking all unsolved and solved burglaries and sexual assaults along I-10.

"This guy is now a veteran serial killer," Turvey said. "He knows what he's doing and he's only going to get better."

Turvey, based in Sitka, Alaska, is a forensic scientist and criminal profiler who wrote a book called "Criminal Profiling."

The FBI released a partial psychological profile of the serial killer in September.

The serial killer is estimated to be between 25 and 35 years old. His shoe size is approximately 10 to 11. And he is physically strong, being capable of lifting 155 pounds to 175 pounds.

The killer likely will be concerned about people who might suspect him, scared that they will recall specifically his agitation and anger at critical times.

Turvey's best advice for people in Lafayette: Be attentive. Be alert and report anything that is not normal.

"This is not a stupid guy," Turvey said.

© The Lafayette Daily Advertiser
December 24, 2002

Timeline of the Trineisha Dené Colomb case:

  • 12:30 p.m. Nov. 21: Trineisha Dené Colomb's family said her brother, Sterling Colomb Jr., had phoned his sister to check up on her around 12:30 p.m. that day. According to officials, this was the last time Colomb was heard from.

  • Nov. 21: Colomb's car was seen parked on gravel road in Grand Coteau, near the Academy of the Sacred Heart.

  • Nov. 22: Her family reported the 23-year-old woman missing after police found her car abandoned in Grand Coteau. The car was found unlocked with the keys inside on a gravel road off Church Street.

  • Nov. 24: Colomb's body was found in a wooded field in Scott by a hunter. The hunter found the body and called 911 at 10:52 a.m. Investigators suspected foul play, but have not determined the cause of death. An autopsy was conducted in Jefferson Parish.

  • Nov. 25: Autopsy results confirmed that Colomb was killed. Neustrom said it is also unclear whether Colomb was killed in the field or if her body was moved to that location.

  • Nov. 27: Officials said Colomb died from blunt trauma but provided no further details about her death. In an effort to establish a timeline between the last communication a family member had with Colomb and the last time her car was spotted in Grand Coteau, detectives released pictures of Colomb's 1994 black Mazda X23 and asked that anyone who saw the vehicle to call the Sheriff's office.

    n Nov. 30: Funeral services for Colomb were held at a 10 a.m. Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

  • Dec. 2: The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office received more tips in its investigation into the homicide of Colomb since it released pictures of Colomb's vehicle.

    "We did get some calls, and they're

    following up on those leads," said Lt. Craig Stansbury.

  • Dec. 3: The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office eliminated possible suspects in the homicide of Trineisha Dené Colomb, said Lt. Craig Stansbury, a sheriff's spokesman.

    "There's no suspects that have emerged at this time that we consider viable," Stansbury said.

    Detectives had followed leads including tracking her use of the Internet. Her family had said they feared Colomb had set up a meeting with someone she had met on the Net.

  • Dec. 23: Colomb's death linked to a serial killer tied to the deaths of three women near Baton Rouge, authorities said.

    DNA evidence taken from the scene matched genetic evidence from the other

    serial murders, Lt. Craig Stansbury said.

    A witness also reported seeing a white Chevrolet step-side pickup truck parked behind Colomb's abandoned car at the dead end of a gravel road, authorities said. A truck of a similar description was mentioned by witnesses in the other murder cases.

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