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article imagePolice: Suspected serial killers on parole killed four women

By Arthur Weinreb     Apr 15, 2014 in Crime
Anaheim - Two sex offenders, on parole and wearing GPS trackers, are suspected in the killing of four prostitutes in Orange County, California. Police believe there may be more victims.
Steven Dean Gordon, 45, and Franc Cano, 27, were arrested at different locations in Anaheim on Friday. Yesterday, both men were formally charged with four counts of special circumstances murder and four counts of rape.
When they were arrested and last fall when three of the alleged rapes and murders took place, both men were on parole. They dutifully reported to a parole officer every 30 days and both wore the GPS tracking devices they were required to wear on their ankles.
Three women who were involved in prostitution went missing in Santa Ana, California late last year. Kianna Jackson, 20, of Las Vegas, arrived in Santa Ana in the first week of October, 2013. She was reported missing by her mother when she stopped replying to text messages.
Josephine Monique Vargas, 34, was reported missing after she disappeared after leaving a birthday party on Oct. 24. And Martha Anya, 28, stopped responding to her boyfriend's text messages about her daughter's planned birthday party on Nov. 12.
All three women were treated as missing persons and police conducted examinations of their movements and cellphone records but could find no trace of them.
Police received a break in the missing persons cases on March 14, 2014. The naked body of Jarrae Nykkole Estepp, 21, was found on a conveyor belt at an Anaheim recycling facility. Estepp and the three missing women were known to frequent the same Anaheim neighbourhood known for drug dealing and prostitution. Police are not saying what exactly led them to connect the murder with the three missing women and with Gordon and Cano. It is believed information obtained through the sex offenders' GPS devices led to their arrests.
Police have told the families of Vargas, Anya, and Jackson that their missing loved one is dead and that murder charges have been laid in connection with their deaths even though their bodies have not been found.
Gordon and Cano have known each other since at least 2012 when they were both out on previous paroles. In that year, both men cut off their ankle bracelets and took a bus to Las Vegas. They spent two weeks in that city at the Circus Circus Hotel and Casino under assumed names before being arrested by federal agents on May 8.
Both suspects have previous convictions for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14 that arose in unrelated incidents. Gordon was sentenced to three years in state prison in 1992 while Cano received the same sentence in 2007.
Gordon was also convicted of kidnapping his wife and daughter shortly after his wife commenced divorce proceedings.
Anaheim police Chief Raul Quzada said police are pretty sure there is a fifth victim and similar missing persons across the country are being examined to see if there is a link to Gordon and Cano.
If convicted of murder with special circumstances, the men will face the death penalty or life without parole.
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