DNA Links a Dead Fisherman to Three 1980s Killings

(RepublicanNews.org) – Virginia authorities have named a dead fisherman as the main suspect in the 1980s Colonial Parkway Murders, which claimed the lives of three individuals.

Alan W. Wilmer Sr. passed away in December 2017 at his home in Lancaster County, Virginia. It would be another month before his remains were found.

According to Corinne Geller of the Virginia State Police, he was never in the CODIS database due to the lack of any criminal conviction.

A series of unsolved double killings known as the Colonial Parkway Murders took place in southeast Virginia in the late 1980s. Authorities said that DNA evidence from Wilmer connected him to the murders of Robin M. Edwards (14) and David L. Knobling (20) in September 1987. Teresa Lynn Spaw Howell (29) was murdered by strangulation in July 1989.

Knobling and Edwards were last seen together on September 19th, 1987. Four days later, near the coastline on the south bank of the James River in Isle of Wight County, they were discovered shot to death, according to state police.

Howell died in the Colonial Parkway Murders, although she is not usually thought of as a victim. She disappeared after midnight on July 1st, 1989, after leaving a nightclub that had since closed, according to the police.

A construction team discovered her clothes at around 10 a.m. that day, and her lifeless body was discovered in a neighboring timber line soon after that. According to the police, she was raped and later strangled to death.

The victims’ relatives sent remarks to the press, in which they expressed both gratitude and horror at the answers officials had given them, as reported by the Virginia State Police.

When he died, Wilmer was not considered a suspect and had no prior record of criminal activity. While investigating the fisherman’s death for possible murder and other crimes, police are appealing to the public for any information they may have on him.

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