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Following the brutal slayings of homeless men in Anaheim, Yorba Linda and Placentia in the past few weeks, Police forces from around North Orange County have launched a man hunt searching for a serial killer. In separate brazen murders the same person has taken the life of three men using a sharp weapon to stab each of the victims several times. Police have a grainy video showing a figure wearing a hoodie approaching one of the victims before his murder. Two of the murders took place at night and the third during daylight in the late afternoon.
“We believe these murders were likely committed by the same suspect and feel he is extremely dangerous to the public,” Anaheim Chief of Police John Welter told reporters today. Police are very interested in finding out information about a white four door Toyota that was picked up in the surveillance footage. ”This vehicle is of particular interest to homicide investigators,” Welter said.
The body of the first victim, James Patrick McGillivray, 53, was found near a shopping center in Placentia on Dec. 21. Police said their best lead so far is footage from a security camera that showed a man of thin build and average height, dressed in black and “lying in wait.” A week later, the body of Lloyd Middaugh, 42, was found on a riverbed trail near Tustin Avenue in Anaheim. A third man, Paulus Smit, 57, was found dead with stab wounds outside a library in Yorba Linda last Friday.
Homeless in the area have been advised to stay in shelters if possible until the serial killer is apprehended. Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens reported that “We want to get the information out to our homeless community throughout the county to be careful to not be alone if possible, to not go into the dark areas or isolated areas as much as possible.”
[The figure in the picture above is simply a general artist's rendering and bears no known resemblance to the serial killer.]