Truck Driver Arrested In Virginia Interstate Slaying
ABINGDON, Va. (AP) _ A truck driver from North Carolina has confessed to the slaying of a woman whose body was dumped along an interstate highway near here in January, authorities said today.
The death fit a pattern of killings in at least seven states in recent years, but local authorities who held a news conference this afternoon wouldn’t comment on any possible links to other killings.
Sean Patrick Goble, 28, of Asheboro, N.C., was picked up on a fugitive murder warrant around 8 a.m. in Forsyth County, N.C., said Washington County Sheriff Joe D. Mitchell Sr. The sheriff said he signed the warrant on Wednesday.
Goble confessed to the strangulation of Brenda Kay Hagy, 45, of Bloomington, Ind., Mitchell said. Her body was found Jan. 23 along an access road to Interstate 81. Goble said he killed her in Greene County in eastern Tennessee and took the body across the state line to Virginia, according to Mitchell.
At the time of Hagy’s death, Mitchell said it was similar to slayings of women found along highways in North Carolina, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and New York.
Licking County, Ohio, Sheriff Gerry Billy, head of the Interstate Homicide Task Force set up in 1991 to study unsolved killings along interstates, did not immediately return telephone messages this afternoon seeking comment.
Many of the slayings involved women who loitered at truck stops or were prostitutes and were dumped along highways. In at least some cases there was evidence the bodies were dumped from tractor-trailers.
Ms. Hagy had been charged with trespassing at truck stops. Members of her family said she could often be found at a truck stop along Interstate 65 in the Indianapolis area.
Like many of the victims, Ms. Hagy had reddish-blond hair. Authorities said they believe her trucker may have driven a semi because her left leg had been run over and bore prints that match tire treads on such rigs.
Forsyth County, N.C., Sheriff Ron Barker said Goble is a truck driver who listed his employment in Arkansas and Winston-Salem.
Last year, an Ohio truck driver, James Robert Cruz Jr., was convicted in Pennsylvania of a 1993 strangulation of a young woman whose body was dumped along an interstate. Immediately after his arrest, authorities had investigated to see if he could have been involved in other interstate slayings, but he was never charged with any others.