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Serial Killer Fears Reignited In Daytona Over 'Eerily Similar' Slaying

Chief: 'We May Be Heading Down This Road Again'

POSTED: Monday, January 7, 2008
UPDATED: 11:51 am EST January 9, 2008

A 30-year-old woman found dead in some Daytona Beach woods may be the latest victim of a serial killer already blamed for the deaths of several women in the same area.

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Daytona Beach police Chief Mike Chitwood said the slaying of Stacey Gage, 30, of Holly Hill last week is "eerily similar" to the slayings of three known prostitutes in December of 2006.

"There are a whole bunch of things that I'm not going to get into but from an investigator's perspective, when you sit back and look at the circumstances, you look at the location and look at other things that may be in her background, it gives us pause to say, 'You know, we may be heading down this road again,'" Daytona Beach police Chief Mike Chitwood said.

Police in Daytona Beach immediately issued a warning to women walking the streets or working as prostitutes Monday.

Detectives said Gage was last seen Dec. 10 when she went to get some ice.

Four days later, Gage's 1998 White Plymouth Voyager was reported missing.

Gage's body was discovered last week in some woods but her Plymouth, with Florida tag T25-9VD, remains missing.

Investigators said they determined that Gage was likely killed in the wooded area located at 1650 Hancock Blvd. She may have been in the woods for weeks, police said.

In 2006, the serial killing deaths of Iwana Patton, Laquetta Gunther and Julie Green grabbed national attention and frightened many in Daytona Beach.

Patton, Gunther and Green were all shot at close range and sexually assaulted. DNA was also left at each of the slayings, according to authorities.

Investigators said they still believe the killer is likely someone who knows Daytona Beach.

It was initially thought that the serial killer had left the area after the last homicide in 2006. However, now there are concerns he never left the area, Local 6's Tarik Minor said.

Anyone with information concerning the deaths is urged to call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.

Watch Local 6 News for more on this story.

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