Four women have been found murdered and burned in Detroit, MI over the Christmas period. Three of the four had advertised themselves as escorts on the same website.
The victims were found in car trunks in the Detroit east side area. So far Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee has stopped short of saying a serial killer is on the loose. Last week police discovered the bodies of 23-year-old Renisha Landers and her cousin Demesha Hunt, 24. Both bodies were found in Promenade in the city's east side and in their own vehicle.
On Christmas Day another women from Detroit was found in the same manner - burned and left in the trunk. The tragedy means Miss Hunt leaves behind a 10-month-old daughter, Armani, who her mother, Denise Reid, will care for. Reid had lost cousins Martez Norwood and Charles Reid in a suspicious fire at a vacant home in the city's Westmoreland area in June this year. No one has been arrested for that incident to date.
Police have issued warnings to women who use sites like craiglist.com and backpage.com and have urged women not to leave personal details on the site's classified sections.
JD Journal reports, the four dead women were all African-Americans in their twenties, were found in the trunks of abandoned vehicles on Detroit’s east side.
Police Chief Godbee said in a statement:
As public servants, it’s essential that we not only protect and serve the visitors and citizens of Detroit, but provide any information to the public to ensure their continued safety and possibly avert any opportunity for someone to become a victim of a violent act. We have a moral obligation to relay this information to our citizenry. With the vast increase in the utilization of social media and the internet, we must continue to be vigilant in identifying any website which may potentially pose a threat to individuals.