A serial killer may have just claimed his fourth victim after authorities refused to rule out that this most recent death isn’t linked to three that took place in October. The latest victim was walking to a nearby church to feed the homeless when he was killed.
60-year-old Ronald Felton was discovered on a Florida road and is thought to possibly be a serial killer’s latest victim in the Tampa area. His body was discovered by law enforcement in the early morning on Tuesday.
According to authorities, Felton died from a gunshot wound, the same method used to kill the previous three victims — Benjamin Mitchell, Monica Hoffa and Anthony Naiboa.
“We think by their proximity and the manner it was done, they are linked,” Brian Dugan, Tampa’s Police Chief said during a press conference. “We’re saying it’s related to the other Seminole Heights murders.”
Witnesses who were in the area at the time of the murder gave a description of a person who matched prior descriptions from the October reports.
To further cement the notion that this could have been the work of a serial killer, all the victims died within a close proximity to one another, according to the New York Daily News.
Felton, a father of three, was on his way to a nearby church when he was murdered. According to CBS News, Ronald’s twin brother James was speaking to him on the phone moments before he was killed.
Police have asked the public for assistance in bringing the suspected serial killer to justice after the three murders rocked the Florida area. NBC News reported that authorities have received over 300 tips after a 35,000 reward was placed for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.
After the first killing on Oct. 9, surveillance footage captured from a nearby home showed a man in a hood. Law enforcement released the video in the hopes of someone recognizing the man.
Dungan, at the time, speculated on reasons why the man in the video might have been running in the area that the murder took place. “I’ve come up with four reasons why this person is running,” Dugan in October. “One, they may be late for dinner. Two, they’re out exercising. Three, they heard gunshots. And number four, they just murdered Benjamin Mitchell.”
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn had choice words for the serial killer after his latest victim. He said in a recent press conference that he has instructed his officers to “bring his head to me.”