The data leads them to believe that among long-haul truckers there are serial killers, who have littered the nation’s highways with hundreds of bodies.
A red-dotted map
, shows where more than 500 bodies of females have been found at truck stops, motels and various locations along popular trucking routes that crisscross the United States.
According to the Los Angeles Times:
Federal authorities first made the connection about five years ago while helping police link a trucker to a string of unsolved killings along Interstate 40 in Oklahoma and several other states. After that, the FBI launched the Highway Serial Killings Initiative to track suspicious slayings and suspect truckers.
The data base includes information on truckers who have been charged with rapes or murders committed near highways; those suspected of committing such crimes; as well as extensive files on unsolved murders.
Authorities said they do not have statistics on whether driving trucks ranks high on the list of occupations of known serial killers. But the pattern in roadside body dumps and other evidence has prompted many investigators to speculate that the mobility, lack of supervision and access to potential victims that come with the job make it a good cover for someone inclined to kill.
One investigator said:
"You've got a mobile crime scene. You can pick a girl up on the East Coast, kill her two states away and then dump her three states after that."
Many of the victims are believed to be prostitutes or runaways, who are easy prey.