In the past nine years, there have been four homicide cases in Lubbock County involving women believed to be prostitutes.
While authorities have not linked the death of Monica Adams to any other cases, Lubbock police say they are looking at similarities. "We're not willing to establish a link, but we'll be looking into that. Any time you have a crime of this nature it's always smart to investigate other unsolved homicides of this nature," Lt. Jon Caspell said.
Two others bodies have been found in the area where Adams was discovered. In April 2007, a jogger found the body of 40-year-old Selena Kuykendall at the base of a cell phone tower on East Municipal Drive and North Olive. She had been stabbed and beaten to death. Neighbors suspected she might have been a prostitute. No arrests have been made in the case.
Amanda Gschwend was found dead near the same location in 1999. The 19-year-old's body was found badly beaten in a North Lubbock field. Gschwend died from blunt force trauma to the head. According to police, she was also a known prostitute. Tony Ray Medford was indicted for her murder in May 2005, but then was later released in 2006.
Cynthia Palacio's body was found on a county road west of Slaton in July of 2003. Autopsy results show that she was strangled. Then just one year later in April 2004, the body of 21-year-old Linda Carbajal was found on county road 5700 just west of New Deal. She had been beaten and strangled. Carbajal was a known prostitute, and served time in jail on prostitution charges. Both cases remain unsolved.
If you have any information connected to any of these cases, you're urged to call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000.
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