Mississippi residents and anyone passing through the state are being advised that there may be a killer on the loose posing as a police officer and committing roadside murders.
“The concern is that someone is posing as a law enforcement officer and that is how these vehicles end up on the side of the road,” Mississippi Bureau of Investigation director Larry Waggoner said.
Local authorities are currently investigating two roadside slayings that they suspect may be related, though specific details as to why are still unavailable.
The first incident occurred on May 8 in Tunica Country according to the Clarion-Ledger. The second incident occurred on May 11 in nearby Panola County. In the first case, Lori Anne Carswell, 48, was found dead a short distance from her 1997 Pontiac Grand Am, which was pulled over alongside Mississippi Highway 713.
The second victim, Thomas Schlender, 74, was found dead in his car pulled over along Interstate 55. In both cases, the vehicles were on remote stretches of highway.