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FBI, Virginia State Police to meet on Colonial Parkway murders

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Posted at 8:47 PM, Oct 14, 2009
and last updated 2012-03-01 11:45:09-05

A meeting between the FBI and state police is set for this week to compare notes on the Colonial Parkway serial murders.

Twenty years ago, the FBI delved into half of the eight Parkway murders; Virginia State Police the rest. But families of the victims believe the investigators lost interest as the leads grew cold.

That’s changing now. After NewsChannel 3 broke the story that the FBI had lost control of crime-scene photographs, the FBI promised families they would dedicate more resources to solving the serial killings. This week’s meeting is part of the FBI promise.

Bill Thomas, whose sister Kathy was among the first taken by the killer, told NewsChannel 3 on Monday this is long overdue.

“I would like the FBI to submit all of the evidence from all of the murders back for a complete analysis. This has not been done in probably 20 years.”

“I do believe that Cathy’s murder can be solved, and I believe that all eight of these murder cases can be solved, and many people in Virginia law enforcement believe these cases can be solved if resources are focused on this case.”

Twenty-three years ago this week, the killer struck his first victims. Several of the families say if the agents scrutinize the stored evidence with the latest forensic technology, there’s a chance they could finally find out who was behind these crimes.