Monday, July 27, 2015|2:46 p.m.
CHARLESTON, West Virginia– A former Henderson guy lugging axes, a shovel and bleach when he was killed by a companion he satisfied online had actually been stopped, talked to or investigated by cops in 21 states and is being looked into for possible connect to unsolved disappearances or slayings, authorities said Monday.
West Virginia authorities are attempting to circulate info to see whether Neal Falls, of Springfield, Ore., can be connected to other criminal activities versus ladies nationwide. Authorities state Falls was fatally shot July 18 as he assaulted and choked the escort in Charleston, W.Va., and she grabbed his pistol off the ground and fired it.
Police found axes, knives, handcuffs, a shovel, bleach and other items in Falls’ vehicle, raising suspicions this had not been the first time he had actually assaulted a female.
“That he was 45 years old, and carrying tools like he was, and dedicating a crime that was so arranged and so violent, it’s unlikely that this was his first violent criminal activity,” Lt. Steve Cooper, Charleston police chief of detectives, informed The Associated Press.
Charleston authorities and Nevada authorities have been in communication. Cops have actually said Falls leased a space in the Las Vegas suburban area of Henderson during a time when four prostitutes went missing.
Henderson police spokesperson Michelle French said Monday that they are exploring any possible Falls connection to the May 2005 disappearance of 21-year-old Lindsay Harris. She was the subject of huge search, and her household from central New york city helped comb the desert location where her rental car was last seen some 30 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip. The case appeared on an episode of “America’s The majority of Wanted.” Leg parts recognized as hers through DNA testing were found three years later off Interstate 55 near Springfield, Ill., more than 1,600 miles away.
“Any leads that will pertain to us, we’re going to follow up on,” French stated, declining to talk about details.
Nevada authorities think Harris’ case might be connected to the disappearances of Misty Marie Saens, Jodi Marie Maker and Jessica Edith Louise Foster, the Huffington Post reported.
Cooper said Falls had a list of 10 other women in his pocket. 9 were in West Virginia; one was in San Diego. Similar to the Charleston lady, whom police are calling Heather, all were companions active online, he said. They are all still alive, Cooper said.
Heather had a separated shoulder, damaged vertebrae, strangulation marks around her throat and other injuries, Cooper said.
So far, no history of significant crimes in Falls’ record has surfaced. However, cops said records do show that authorities in as numerous as 20 other states– from Arizona to Kentucky to Virginia– had some type of interaction with Falls such as stopping him, running his license plate or examining his Social Security number.
“We are sharing this info with police throughout the nation in hopes that we might have the ability to help fix cold cases or bring closure to some families if Mr. Falls has been associated with anything like this prior to,” Cooper said.
Cooper stated Charleston police have actually likewise been interacting with authorities in the little southern Ohio city of Chillicothe, where four ladies died in suspicious scenarios and 2 others are missing out on. He said there has been no proof yet positioning Falls there, however it’s been considered since of the distance to Charleston– less than a two-hour drive away.
Cooper stated authorities are still gathering details on Falls. It appears he was staying in his car, where he kept a pillow and sleeping bag, Cooper stated.
“He had no money, no charge card,” Cooper stated. “It’s a mystery how he had actually taken a trip throughout the nation to us right now. There’s something that we have not found yet.”
Sewell reported from Cincinnati. Associated Press author Sally Ho in Las Vegas added to this report.