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Ep. 123 The Long Haul

Updated: Jun 27, 2023

There were so many active serial murderers in the Pacific Northwest and their often cross-jurisdictional crimes demanded the development of a system called HITS, designed to make connections between reported crimes, in order to better pinpoint suspects and make arrests. In 1991, this system made a match in Seattle, where HITS was based, to a murder in Portland, Oregon. This link would lead them to a man, who for years had worked the highways of the American West as a trucker, and possibly a serial killer.


Episode Host: Josh McCullough




Scott William Cox also known as the "Oregon Trucker Killer"

Photos from MLT News, Oregon Live, Yamhill County



Linda Ramos-Moore missing since November 4th, 1990, remains found in 2022.

Photo from Yakima Herald



Tia Maria Hicks reported missing December 13, 1990. Tia's body was found in April of 1991 near the Silver Dollar Casino.

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Victoria Rhone found strangled to death inside a truck trailer in a Union Pacific train yard February 19, 1991.

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Reena Ann Brunson found dead in a Northeast Portland Safeway parking lot. She was stabbed once in the heart.

Photo from Oregon Live



Virginia Rambus last seen leaving her apartment on May 20, 1985.

Photo from Renton Reporter


Diane Robbins went missing 25 years ago to the day, June 18th, 1985.

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Molly Purdin-Clary went missing in June of 1985. Her body was found in August on the side of a road in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest she had been beaten to death.

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Doris Lavonne Mulhern missing since March 5th, 1987.

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Erin MacGregor disappeared on September 19, 1990 after her car was found abandoned in a Seattle-Columbia City neighborhood. Her partial remains would found near I90 milepost 39.

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Deborah Yvonne Wims disappeared while driving to a supermarket on South 216th Street on October 25, 1990.

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Deborah's sister Cheryl Lee Wims's remains were found March of 1984. Her death was attributed to Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer.

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Stephanie Douglas disappeared from McMinnville, OR on November 27th, 1990.

Photo from Charley Project.



Nguyet Thu Phung missing from Lynnwood, WA since May 9, 1991.

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Cora Christmas McGuirk missing from Seattle, WA since July 12, 1991.

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Hazel Gelnett was killed in 1988 and found on Highway 2 in Snohomish County, WA.


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