SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – A missing Northern California woman may have been murdered by a man police dubbed the “Caddy Killer,” investigators have said.
Stephanie Harrison, 48, of Redding, Calif., has not been seen or heard from since August. She was vacationing on the East Coast when she disappeared.
Anthony Eugene Robinson, 35, of Washington DC, is the prime suspect in four homicides. Law enforcement calls Robinson the “Caddy Killer” because he used shopping carts to move and dump the bodies of murder victims in remote areas.
Harrison may have been one of his victims, police said.
Investigators found the bodies of four women in Virginia. Police believe Robinson met some of the women on dating sites before luring them to motels.
Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis said at a Dec. 17 press conference, “We have a serial killer. He does unspeakable things with his victims. He is in custody. The remaining challenge is to identify other victims.
Davis said: “He’s called the ‘basket killer’ because he meets his victims on dating sites. He then meets his victims in motels. After inflicting trauma on his victims and killing them, he transports their bodies to their final resting place literally in a shopping cart. And there is a video to that effect.
Detectives have identified three of the four women killed: Tonita Lorice Smith, 39, and Allene Elizabeth “Beth” Redmon, 54, and Cheyenne Brown, 29.
Brown’s body was found in a plastic container left next to a red shopping cart in Fairfax County, Virginia earlier this month. There was also the body of a second woman inside which remains unidentified.
Investigators are working to find out if the DNA from the second body matches Harrison’s DNA.
Harrison was last heard from on August 19 when she spoke to her sister on the phone. During their conversation, she told her sister that she had spent the day touring the United States Capitol building in Washington, DC.
Later that day, Harrison checked into the Moon Inn Motel in Fairfax County, Virginia.
“She stayed at the same hotel as our killer,” Fairfax County Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told OMCP.
On the day Brown disappeared, September 30, she, too, stayed at the Moon Inn Motel.
The plastic container was found Dec. 15 by police searching for Brown near the motel.
Detectives located video surveillance that revealed Brown met Robinson at a Washington DC subway station before heading to the motel. Further investigation revealed that they had communicated through a dating site.
The suspected serial killer was arrested last month for first-degree murder. Robinson was charged with the murders of Redmon and Smith.
Police need to confirm more forensic evidence before charging him with the murders of the third and fourth victims.
“We will need the confirmed DNA IDs. Hopefully an autopsy will reveal the cause and manner of death. We have enough evidence to place him on the scene with (Brown) and science will have to take us all the way to prove he killed her,” Guglielmi told OMCP.
Chief Davis said: “He’s already killed four. We suspect there may be other victims. We’re going to find out exactly where he was…to see if we can identify any other victims and families he harmed.
“What’s his MO? Dating sites, motels, blunt trauma. shopping carts, final resting place,” Davis said.