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Virginia authorities are collecting DNA samples for a possible fourth victim of “Shopping Cart Killer”

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – A missing person poster shared by a Roanoke nonprofit may have been the clue that helped Virginia investigators get closer to identifying the fourth victim of a man that authorities call it the “Shopping Cart Killer”.

A flyer from Stephanie Harrison, 48, of Redding, Calif., is the reason Fairfax County investigators are traveling to California to collect DNA samples.

(Photo: Courtesy of AWARE Foundation, Inc.)

With help from The AWARE Foundation, Inc. in Roanoke, Harrison’s sister posted about 300 of these flyers in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.

According to The AWARE Foundation, Inc. President, Kenny Jarels, “We still need to know if some of the missing cases that we had been tracking for some time happen to be more of his victims.”

Harrison was last heard from on August 19 before heading to the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Bank records show she last checked in at the Moon Inn Motel in Alexandria, where police say Anthony Robinson, 35, lured victims after meeting them on dating sites.

(Photo: Courtesy of Harrisonburg Police Department)

“He preys on the weak, he preys on the vulnerable, and he does unspeakable things with his victim,” Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis said at a press conference on Friday the 17th. december.

Robinson was originally arrested Nov. 23 in Harrisonburg after police found the bodies of two missing women — Allene Elizabeth “Beth” Redmon, 54, of Harrisonburg, and Tonita Lorice Smith, 39, of Charlottesville — in the same Vacancy. many near shopping carts, authorities say.

He was arrested after surveillance footage and phone records linked him to the murders, according to Harrisonburg Police Chief Kelley Warner. The two victims were reportedly found next to each other in the same lot, but were killed at different times.

(Photo: Courtesy of Fox 5 DC)

Two other bodies – one believed to belong to Cheyenne Brown, 29, of Washington, DC, who disappeared in late December – were discovered on Wednesday, December 15 in Alexandria in a wooded area near the motel where Harrison was seen for the last time.

“The good thing is he’s in custody,” Davis said. “The remaining challenge is to identify other victims.”

Police say they are in the early stages of this investigation, adding that although Robinson is the primary focus, there may be others involved in these deaths.

According to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), there are 290 open missing persons cases in Virginia.