Police Say DNA Has Identified Suspected Illinois Serial Killer

Evidence shows Bruce Lindahl murdered 16-year-old Pamela Maurer in 1976
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 14, 2020 3:33 AM CST
Police Say They've Solved 1976 Killing of Illinois Teen
Police also said there is evidence linking Lindahl to the 1979 disappearance of a Downers Grove high school student named Deborah McCall. Her body was never found.   (Rick West/Daily Herald via AP)

A suspected serial killer strangled a suburban Chicago teenage girl in 1976 and likely killed another woman just days before she was to testify in court that he raped her, police said Monday. Lisle Police Detective Chris Loudon, who investigated the Jan. 1976 slaying of 16-year-old Pamela Maurer of Woodridge, said during a news conference that DNA recovered from the remains of Bruce Lindahl indicated he killed the teen, the AP reports. "I suspect him to be a serial killer," Loudon said of Lindahl, whose body was exhumed in November. The announcement came on the 44th anniversary of the day a motorist found Maurer's body by the side of a road. At the time, police concluded that her body may have been placed there by her killer to make her death look like a hit-and-run. The coroner determined she had been strangled.

The case went unsolved for decades, but last year, advanced DNA testing was conducted, enabling authorities to identify Lindahl as a suspect, Loudon said. They quickly discovered that the 29-year-old Aurora resident had died during a fatal knife attack on 18-year-old Charles Huber in 1981. He apparently accidentally slashed a major artery in his own leg and bled to death. The bodies of both men were found together. At the time of his death, Lindahl was a suspect in the 1980 rape and kidnapping of Debra Colliander. Days before she was to testify at his trial, Colliander vanished and the charges were dropped. Her body was found in a shallow grave months after Lindahl's death. Authorities are now trying to determine if photographs of unidentified females that were found in Lindahl's home depict other victims.

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