Suspected serial killer prompts Elyria case reviews

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ELYRIA — Suspected serial killer Samuel Little left telltale evidence when he allegedly slew his victims and that’s what Elyria police are looking for as they re-examine old cases to see whether Little may have killed here.

Samuel Little

aka Samuel McDowell

“Cases that we look for have to have a certain criteria in terms of evidentiary value,” Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said.

But he and Detective Lisa Dietsche, who is spearheading the local investigation, said they couldn’t publicly disclose the clues they’re looking for because it could affect future sex crime investigations.

Little, a 72-year-old drifter who also is known as Samuel McDowell, is jailed in California on charges he killed three women in the late 1980s in Los Angeles. Those women, Carol Alford, Audrey Nelson, and Guadalupe Apodaca,  were strangled in sexually motivated killings and their seminude bodies dumped.

Little also has a criminal record in Medina County Common Pleas Court.

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