Reno Cops Hunt Murderous Serial Rapist

Linked to attacks on 3 women near local campus
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2008 7:45 AM CST
This undated picture made available via The Reno Gazette-Journal shows Brianna Denison. Reno police said Monday, Jan. 21, 2008 they believe the young woman, who disappeared from a friend's home early...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A murdered 19-year-old Reno woman is believed to be the third victim of a serial rapist preying on women near the local campus of the University of Nevada, reports the Reno Gazette. The woman was abducted from a friend's home and strangled. "This is a serial rapist," said a police official. "We have two, probably three cases linked through DNA."

The latest victim is the first woman killed in the attacks. The other crimes were sexual assaults only—one in a building where campus security park their cars. Police say the assailant is probably a local man, and sought the public's help in identifying him. "I'm worried this guy is still out there," said the official.