Detroit has been on lockdown since the discovery of four young women in the trunks of two separate cars in two separate locations last week. Authorities stop short of connecting the women’s deaths to a serial killer, but the community is still on edge.
According to the Detroit News, the police are now trying to recover Internet and cell phone records for the women. Three out of four of the women had “personal profiles” on Backpage.com, a website that offers free advertising in 11 different categories and was embroiled in a federal court case where a woman had been caught using the site to prostitute her 16-year old daughter.
But even after the recent slayings, other women have continued to place ads on the site offering escort services. The entire city has been shaken, but the communities where the young women’s bodies were discovered are in disbelief.
Two of the unidentified victims, police only referred to them as “28- and 29-year-old women,” who were found by firefighters inside a garage in a burning Buick LeSabre. The other two women were found just a few blocks away. Cousins Renisha Landers, 23, and Demesha Hunt, 24, were also found in the trunk of a car; a Chrysler 300.
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