Transient Arrested in Latest of 40 Killings Under Investigation
Dec. 21, 1988
SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Authorities say they're investigating whether a transient jailed in connection with a woman's strangulation was responsible for some of the 39 other slayings a task force is examining.
Alan Michael Stevens, 46, was arrested Tuesday in San Marcos, 40 miles north of San Diego, county sheriff's Sgt. Liz Foster said.
''The task force will look at him to see if there's any possibility he's linked to any other cases,'' Foster said. ''There is a possibility that he could be connected to one or more (of the other) cases.''
But he is not believed to be tied to all 40 slayings, she said.
Stevens, who was living in a van, was arrested for investigation in the slaying of Cynthia Lou McVey, 26. Her nude body was found Nov. 29 near the Pala Indian Reservation in northern San Diego County.
Similarities between McVey's slaying and some of the others, which date to 1985, include strangulation and the remote location where her body was found, Foster said.
All of the identified victims were female prostitutes or transients. McVey, a transient from the San Francisco-area town of Livermore, was a drug user, her husband said.
McVey's remains was found near the spot where the partially mutilated body of an unidentified woman was discovered Oct. 1, 1986. In December 1986, the nude body of a third woman, age 22, was found in the area. That victim had been strangled with a belt found around her neck, authorities said.
A connection between the San Diego County deaths and 40 ''Green River'' killings in the Pacific Northwest also remains under investigation, but Capt. Bob Evans of the Green River Task Force in Seattle, said Stevens isn't a suspect.
Green River investigators were given Stevens' name some time ago by San Diego authorities, but their checks found he has spent a great deal of time in and out of Southern California jails in recent years, Evans said.
''We made an exhaustive effort to pin this guy down for our cases ... (but) we were never able to place him here,'' he said.
Similarities between the Green River killings and those in San Diego include strangulation of the victims, dumping their bodies in remote areas and the apparent targeting of prostitutes or street people.