- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 6, 2002

CULPEPER, Va. (AP) Notes found in the apartment of serial-killing suspect Richard Marc Evonitz indicate that he had stalked two Culpeper County girls, an investigator said.
The girls told the Culpeper Star-Exponent they were never approached by Evonitz and were shocked to learn about the notes.
"It is kind of scary that some guy was out there looking at me," said Laurel Thomas, 17, one of the girls described in the notes. "I want to know why he didn't get me."
Evonitz, 38, fatally shot himself when cornered by Florida police on June 27, three days after a 15-year-old girl reported that he had abducted and sexually assaulted her before she escaped while he slept. Evidence found in his apartment in Columbia, S.C., has linked Evonitz to the abductions and murders of three Spotsylvania County girls Sofia Silva, 16; Kristin Lisk, 15; and her sister, Kati Lisk, 12.
Authorities are awaiting the results of DNA tests that could determine whether Evonitz, a former Spotsylvania County resident, committed the Lisk-Silva slayings.
The Free Lance-Star of Fredericksburg, quoting unidentified law-enforcement sources, reported Thursday that Evonitz left work around noon on Sept. 9, 1996, the day the Silva girl disappeared, and that he called in sick on May 1, 1997, the day the Lisk sisters vanished.
Richland County, S.C., Sheriff Leon Lott said an undated note found in Evonitz's apartment contained directions to an "old farmhouse" and the last four digits of a five-digit address on the Thomas family's mailbox. Laurel Thomas lives with her parents in a 19th-century farmhouse.
Sheriff Lott said a second note listed the full address and an apparent description of Laurel. The note read "brun," which Sheriff Lott interpreted to be brunette, and the description "12 or 13, thin, pretty." It said it appeared she was alone from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Laurel's mother was stunned by the discovery of the note.
"I had no idea he was around here," she told the Star-Exponent. "I am in total shock."
Another note provided directions to the home of Katherine Howard, 16. It listed the house number and described "a little blonde 10, 11, 12 max." It also noted that her brother was present.
"I am just shocked something like this could happen to us," said the brother, John, 19. "You see it in the news and wouldn't think it would be in your own neighborhood."

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