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Friday, April 2, 2004

BTK Serial Killer Manhunt Update

Why did the BTK serial killer leave his victim's car at a Dillons supermarket parking lot in 1974?

The Otero's family car was found in this Dillons parking lot on January 15th, 1974 at Central and Oliver, shortly after the killings1974 photo of Dillons parking lot where Otero car was left
Wichita PD reported: After the BTK murders the Otero family vehicle, a beige 1966 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser station wagon, was located less than a mile away from the Otero home, at the Dillons parking lot at Central and Oliver. Police found the car around 7 p.m. on January 15, 1974, parked next to the center light pole of the parking lot, facing west. There was no apparent damage to the car.

Aerial view of Dillons parking lot where BTK left care in 1974Aerial view of Dillons parking lot

Otero family car January 1974photo of Otero family car from January 1974 -
1966 beige Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser station wagon

  • Why did the BTK serial killer risk dumping his victim's car in the middle of a Dillons parking lot? [Map-Link]

  • The Wichita police have begun focusing on the BTK's first murders of the Otero family on January 15, 1974 in their efforts to find the serial killer. Police spokesman Lt. Ken Landwehr said they think these first killings have "special significance".

  • As of Friday morning, Wichita police have received 1,043 phone tips, 575 tips through e-mail and 25 letters.
Police Ask for Help on Otero Homicides [Wichita.gov]
Transcript of Friday (April 2nd) BTK press briefing [Wichita Eagle]
Police focus on Otero case to try and solve BTK killings [Wichita Eagle]

Was the 1986 murder of Vicki Wegerle a "BTK" copy cat killing? An unidentified women told private investigator, Emery Goad, that her boyfriend confessed to her the Wegerle murder plus six others. However, Goad says the suspect was too young to have killed the Otero family in 1974. Former Wichita Police Lieutenant Jack Watkins, the first officer on scene, is still haunted by the Otero crime scene 30 years later.

Private investigator says woman claims to know BTK [KWCH TV]
KWCH talks to first Lt. on scene [KWCH TV]

Wichita police are collecting DNA samples in their effort to find BTK; as many as 600 samples may have been taken since the BTK letter was received on March 19, 2004.

Police on BTK case take DNA [Wichita Eagle]

related TJN links:
BTK Cold Case Investigation Continues
BTK Serial Killer Clue Update
Cold Case gets Hot: The Kansas BTK Serial Killer is Back

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