The FBI is assisting the Kansas City Police Department in its investigation of four killings on or near walking trails. The murders have taken place over a nine-month span, according to the Kansas City Star.
Kansas City police have stated that the murders shared “obvious similarities.” All the victims were white males between the ages of 54 and 67. Three of the four were walking dogs and all four were found in close proximity of each other.
“We’ve asked the FBI to come and look at it to see if they see something that we don’t. To get some different on eyes on it,” Officer Darin Snapp, a Kansas City police spokesman, wrote in an email. “There is still zero evidence linking any of them together.”
Jeff Lanza, a retired special agent with the Kansas City division of the FBI, said the bureau often is called on to assist city police departments with unsolved murder cases.
“Just because no link has been established doesn’t mean there isn’t one,” Lanza said. “The way you solve homicides that may be connected is to look for links, and that’s probably what the FBI will be assisting police in doing.” Lanza told the Kansas City Star.
On Monday, a fifth man was found dead in the same area, just two miles away from the sites of the other four murders. While the latest death is being investigated as a homicide, WDAF reports this death doesn’t share the same similarities to the other four.