- The Washington Times - Friday, March 14, 2003

BATON ROUGE, La., March 14 (UPI) — A Louisiana State University student died from asphyxiation but her death has not been linked at this time to a serial killer in the Baton Rouge area, police said Friday.

The body found Thursday by a fisherman at Whiskey Bay along Interstate 10 west of Baton Rouge was identified as Carrie Lynn Yoder, an LSU graduate student who vanished from her home March 3.

Police Chief Pat Englade told a news conference Friday that the coroner determined Yoder died from asphyxiation but he released no other details. He said it maybe two to four days before forensic tests determine if her death is linked to the serial killer.

DNA has linked the killer to the slayings of four young women in the Baton Rouge area since September of 2001 and led to creation of a special task force.

Yoder's body was found only about 100 yards from where the third known victim of the serial killer was found last summer at Whiskey Bay.

The state-federal task force has been in on the investigation since Yoder was reported missing, but Englade emphasized Friday they would not take over the case unless a link was established to the killer.

Yoder, a third-year doctoral student in ecology, vanished from her home just south of the LSU campus March 3. She was reported missing two days later by her boyfriend, setting off an intense search in the Baton Rouge area.

The body of Pam Kinamore, one of the serial killer's victims, was found last July about 100 yards west of the new crime scene, a washout on the bank of the Whiskey Bay Pilot Channel that winds through bayous 30 miles west of Baton Rouge.

Kinamore's death was linked to the slayings of Gina Wilson Green and Charlotte Murray Pace in the Baton Rouge area, and Trineisha Den Colomb of Lafayette. Green, who was slain in September 2001, is believed to be the killer's first victim.

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