Investigators uncover potential evidence at BTK killer Dennis Rader's former property

00:06 24.08.2023

Authorities Conduct New Search for Potential Evidence in BTK Serial Killer Case

Authorities in Kansas recently conducted a renewed search of the former property of notorious serial killer Dennis Rader, also known as BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill), to investigate unsolved missing persons and murder cases potentially linked to Rader. The search, which took place on Tuesday, yielded new potential evidence, including remnants of pantyhose and other "items of interest," Osage County Sheriff Eddie Virden confirmed to Fox News. The investigation was prompted in part by the 1976 disappearance of Cynthia Cyndi Dawn Kinney, a 16-year-old cheerleader who went missing after leaving her relatives' laundromat. Rader, who was convicted of murdering 10 people between 1974 and 1991, is considered a prime suspect in Kinney's case.

The search took place on the Park City-owned land where Rader's former home once stood. According to Virden, information obtained during the investigation led them to believe that Rader may have hidden trophies from his victims under a slab of concrete beneath a metal shed he built in the early to mid-90s. Rader's estranged daughter, Kerri Rawson, previously mentioned the theory that her father could have placed evidence, such as driver's licenses in jars, under stone pavers in that area. However, authorities clarified that they were not searching for human remains but rather for potential items related to the cases.

Although it remains unclear if the items discovered during the search are connected to any of Rader's known murders, they will be turned over to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation for further analysis. Rader, who is currently serving 10 consecutive life terms, was arrested in 2005 after his DNA was matched to semen found at one of the crime scenes. He later confessed to his crimes. Despite his previous denials, Rader has been linked to the disappearance of Kinney, and investigators are now exploring additional leads and potential victims who may have fallen prey to the serial killer.

In addition to the ongoing investigation in Kansas, authorities from Oklahoma have also joined in the search for missing persons and murder cases connected to Rader. The Oklahoma investigators traveled to Kansas on Tuesday to collaborate with local authorities and further explore leads that may shed light on previously unsolved cases potentially tied to Rader. Undersheriff Gary Upton confirmed that the investigation is ongoing and that they are currently working on leads related to missing persons and murder cases possibly linked to the BTK killer.

The renewed search on Rader's former property has sparked renewed interest in the case and hopes of finding new evidence that could provide closure to families and loved ones who have been searching for answers for decades. As investigators continue their work, the search for truth and justice in these unsolved cases remains a top priority.

/ Thursday, August 24, 2023, 12:06 PM /

themes:  Oklahoma  Kansas

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