Serial killer search continues, community mourns

sketch of serial killer            (Cherokee Co. sheriff's dept.)An Upstate serial killer is still on the loose in Gaffney. In an ABC Good Morning America interview, Cherokee County Sheriff Bill Blanton said they are working hard on tracking down the suspect, but right now, they don’t have many leads.
“The magnitude of this thing, we’re trying to stay focused on catching the person and then after he’s arrested then we can release a lot more details,” says Blanton.
Blanton says the suspect is up to five killings in the area, and the only links to each murder so far, is all of the victims attended area Baptist churches. Although Blanton says some evidence leads them to know the killer is the same in all five killings, the motive is still unknown.
“There’s some theories on motive, but other than that, it’s speculation at this point. We don’t have any concrete evidence on it,” says Blanton.
Over the weekend, hundreds of people attended the funerals of two of the victims. Last week, 83-year-old Hazel Linder and her 50-year-old daughter, Gena Parker were shot by the suspect. Blanton says the community is worried, but not too frantic.
“It’s kind of tore our community up, but folks here are dealing with it. Dealing with it well,” says Blanton.
The suspect is described as 6 feet 2 inches tall with salt-and-pepper hair.

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