- The Washington Times - Friday, January 24, 2003

BATON ROUGE, La., Jan. 24 (UPI) — Authorities say a shoe print may help identify the person responsible for the slayings of four women in south Louisiana.

Lafayette Parish Sheriff Mike Neustrom says a print from an Adidas basketball sneaker was found near the body Trineisha Dene Colomb, the latest victim of the killer. The 23-year-old woman was killed in November near Lafayette.

"Someone knows who this person is," he said Thursday. "I think it is a major development, a piece where the picture becomes clearer."

Neustrom asked the public to look for the "Give-N-Go" style of high-top sneaker, probably in size 10 or 11. He released pictures of the shoe, which comes in black or white.

Neustrom also released a drawing of a ring that Colomb may have been wearing and is now missing. The sheriff said the gold ring, with "LOVE" in silver block letters, could have been stolen.

Colomb vanished Nov. 21 and her body was discovered three days later in a wooded area by a rabbit hunter. A few weeks later DNA evidence linked her beating death to the serial killer south in Baton Rouge.

Colomb's slaying was the first serial killing outside Baton Rouge. DNA has already linked the slayings of Gina Wilson Green, 41; Charlotte Murray Pace, 22; and Pam Kinamore, 44; during the past 16 months.

A federal-state task force has been searching for the killer for the past six months. The FBI has released profiles of the killer and witnesses have reported a white pickup near the scenes of some of the slayings.

A latest 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 follows women and gains their trust.

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