- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 2, 2003

LAFAYETTE, La., Jan. 2 (UPI) — Authorities searching for the Louisiana serial killer have received about 600 tips from the public since they linked the killer to a fourth victim through DNA testing last week, officials said Thursday.

Lafayette Parish Sheriff Mike Neustrom also hopes that a composite sketch of a "person of interest" seen near the scene of the latest killing will spur even more public input and bring an end to the string of killings that began in Baton Rouge more than a year ago.

The sketch was based on descriptions of a white male, possibly 30 to 40 years old, who was seen on Nov. 21 near where the body of 23-year-old Trineisha Dene Colomb was discovered three days later. Her abandoned car was found Nov. 22 and detectives believe she may have been killed Nov. 21.

"He was described as having an intense and intimidating stare," Neustrom said.

The "person of interest" was seated in a vehicle described as a '90s model white pickup truck with front and rear chrome bumpers, chrome grill, and chrome side mirrors. Witnesses have linked a white pickup truck to at least one of the previous killings.

Neustrom said the man is not a suspect but detectives want to question him.

The slaying of Colomb was linked through DNA testing to the murders of three women since September 2001 in Baton Rouge, about 40 miles east. The previous victims were all attacked in their homes with no sign of forced entry.

The task force of federal and local investigators was formed in Baton Rouge after DNA linked the slayings of Pam Kinamore, 44, Charlotte Murray Pace, 22, and Gina Wilson Green, 41. Colomb was the serial killer's first victim outside Baton Rouge.

In an unusual move, investigators have asked men selected by detectives to voluntarily submit DNA samples. About 800 men have complied in Baton Rouge and 600 have been cleared. Another 50 to 100 men in the Lafayette area will be asked for samples.

A new FBI profile indicates the killer took risks to transport Colomb to the wooded area where her body was found and that he was familiar with the area. The killer is believed to be a white male, about 30 years old, who stalks women and gains their trust.

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