Vilma Patrice Artis Butler was shot and killed in 2008, and her Bowie home was set on fire in an apparent attempt to cover-up her murder. Prince George's County Police are now saying that a serial killer allegedly responsible for four 2009 Largo murders is also suspected in Butler's death.
Karen Lofton and her daughter Karissa were murdered in their Largo home in January, 2009, and Delores Dewitt and her daughter Ebony were found dead in a stolen car nearly two months later and less than two miles from the Lofton's home in Largo. Police searched for a link between the Lofton and Dewitt murders due to similarities in the two crimes, but a 2009 investigation by an FBI profiler erroneously concluded that the two cases were not linked.
Police announced just yesterday that there was a person of interest in the four Largo murders who they considered to be a serial murderer, and today Prince George's County Police Chief Roberto Hylton was using phrases like "overwhelming evidence" and "not your run-of-the-mill criminal."
Police say that the suspect may also be responsible for murders outside of Maryland.
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