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Stacey Gage Latest Victim of a Florida Serial Killer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. —

There is a good possibility the Daytona Beach serial killer has struck again. In the most recent case, a woman was found murdered in some Daytona Beach woods.Police were tight-lipped about the murder case for the past week, until late Monday afternoon when they confirmed the woman was likely the victim of a serial killer targeting prostitutes in the city.

Police at the Dayton Beach Police Department said they got the information themselves Monday afternoon. While they can’t say with 100-percent certainty if the serial killer is responsible for the murder, they said everything around the case points in that direction.

The latest victim was identified as 30-year-old Stacey Gage. Her grandmother was the last one to see her, December 10 in nearby Holly Hill, when she said she left to get ice and never returned. Police are looking for the van she was in, a 1998 white Plymouth Voyager.

Police originally stumbled across the body last Wednesday night when an officer noticed a foul smell coming from the woods. By late Friday, they had determined it was a white woman who had been murdered and thought she had been there as long as a month.

Police then wouldn’t say how she was killed and they still aren’t releasing that information, but the police chief talked about the possible connection to the serial killer.

“Based on the limited circumstance there’s a gut feeling this could be connected. Anytime we have a female, it’s the first thing we look at. Could this or could this not be? But I think, if you look at the area, if you look at the facts we know that I can’t release, I kinda feel we may be headed in that direction,” said Chief Mike Chitwood.

Police were able to figure out the victim was Gage through her fingerprints. Police said she didn’t have a criminal record involving prostitution, something previous victims had in common, but she did have a history of drug problems.

Because the information is so new, investigators are in the process of trying to find anyone who knows her, who may have seen her that night or seen the van she was driving.

The other victims of the suspected Daytona Beach serial killer are Julie Green, Laquetta Gunther and Iwana Patton. Green and Gunther were found in December 2005 and Patton was found in February 2006. Police said they believe all three women were killed after accepting rides with a man they didn’t know.

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Previous Stories: January 4, 2008: Investigators Tight-Lipped About Woman’s Body Found In Daytona Beach January 3, 2008: Patrolling Officer Discovers Body In Daytona Beach February 23, 2007: Connection Investigated Between Dead Prostitute And Serial Killer April 4, 2006:‘Person Of Interest’ Is Not Daytona Beach Serial Killer March 13, 2006: Volusia County Serial Killer May Be Linked To Flagler County Murders March 3, 2006: String Of Similar Murders Has Some Worried About Serial Killer

 

My last update on the Daytona Serial Killer

It is disturbing how long he has been active.

Police Hoping That Familial DNA Can Help Catch Another Serial Killer

Daytona Beach Victims

Daytona Beach’s top cop believes new DNA technology will help his department catch the serial killer who has eluded police since 2005.

Familial DNA has helped police in California nab the so-called Grim Sleeper serial killer.

He was called that because he lay dormant in between murders for 18 years.

“We’re extremely interested in this because of our serial killer. Our serial killer may have an offspring, which is in the database,” said Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood.

Police in California had DNA of the Grim Sleeper in a nationwide database.

The killer is responsible for the deaths of 10 women dating back to the 1980s.

New software emerged that tracks DNA of the killer’s family members, in this case his son, who was arrested on an unrelated crime.

Investigators used the information and followed the father, Lonnie Franklin, 57.

They took a DNA sample from pizza Franklin had recently eaten, made the exact match and then arrested the former garage attendant.

The Daytona Beach serial killer left behind DNA samples inside three of the four women he raped and killed.

The first was Laquetta Gunther, 45, who’s body was found on Beach Street on Dec. 26, 2005.

On Jan. 14, 2006, the body of Julie Green, 34, was found in a construction site off of LPGA Boulevard.

Iwanna Patton, 35, was found on Williamson Boulevard six weeks later on Feb. 24.

The killer then laid dormant for two years.

Twenty-year-old Stacey Gage’s body turned up Jan. 2, 2008 in a wooded area on Hancock Boulevard.

The DNA sample was turned over to Florida Department of Law Enforcement where it waits for a perfect match.

But Chitwood wants to use familial DNA to track down the serial killer’s family members, which in turn could lead back to the killer.

However, familial DNA is only approved in states like California, Colorado, and recently in Virginia. It has been used in Great Britain for several years.

Chitwood is working with the State Attorney’s Office, who is trying to convince both the state attorney general, as well as Gov. Rick Scott to sign off on it for use in Florida.

The police chief said familial DNA would only be used in major crimes, like the serial killer case.

He believes that if approved, it could be in use within a year.

Chitwood said the person who came up with the software is making it available to FDLE for free.

But he said the clock is ticking.

“You have a killer on the loose who has killed four women, who is not gonna stop,” Chitwood said. “We may be in a cooling off period here. But if we have learned anything in the history of this country with serial killers, they’ll continue until they get caught.”

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I am all for the use of familial DNA especially in cases involving serial crimes. I do not know why people worry so much about using it. It helped to catch the Grim Sleeper, Lonnie Franklin and DNA has helped to link unknown victims to their killers. I think we need to give law enforcement all the help that we can.

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