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Detectives eye serial killer Alcala in 1970s killing of two Seattle women

March 26, 2010 | 11:28 am

Authorities seek IDs on photos found in Rodney Alcala's storage lockerSeattle police said Friday that detectives are looking for links between convicted serial killer Rodney Alcala and two women who were killed in the late 1970s.

Seattle police are seeking DNA samples to determine whether Alcala is a suspect in the slayings of Antionette Witaker, 13, and Joyce Gaunt, 17. Both were killed in Seattle, and their cases were never solved.

Det. Mark Jamieson of the Seattle Police Department said officials don't have any definitive evidence yet linking Alcala to the homicides but are exploring whether there is a connection.

Last month, an Orange County jury found Alcala guilty of five counts of murder in the killings of four women and a teenage girl.

Days later, Huntington Beach detectives released a trove of photographs of women and children they seized more than 30 years ago from a storage locker the killer rented just as police were closing in on him.

Detectives said they wanted to know who these people were and whether they might have gone missing during Alcala's murder spree in the late 1970s. Since then, detectives have spent their days fielding a flood of phone calls from people whose loved ones have been missing for decades.

The photos were found in a Seattle storage locker Alcala rented soon after the 1979 kidnapping and murder of Robin Samsoe, 12, of Huntington Beach. 

The locker also contained what prosecutors called Alcala's "trophies" -- earrings that linked Alcala to Robin and another pair later linked to Charlotte Lamb, a Santa Monica legal secretary who was strangled in the laundry room of an El Segundo apartment complex.

-- Ruben Vives

Here are some of the Alcala photos released by authorities.

Photo: Rodney Alcala. Credit: Los Angeles Times 

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