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Investigators: 15 Columbus Murders May Be Connected
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- U.S. attorneys addressed central Ohioans on Wednesday morning to ask for help in their investigation into 15 unsolved murders that may be related.
An ongoing investigation conducted by a task force made up of federal and local law enforcement agencies has turned up common threads between 15 fatal shootings that occurred in central Ohio from 1998 and 2013, according to U.S. Attorney for the Southern District Carter Stewart.
Investigators have established a tip line in hopes that someone with information about one or more of the murders will come forward.
"We're at a point now where we need the public's help," Stewart said. "Callers can leave the information anonymously, but it would be most helpful if they leave their contact information so a member of the task force can reach out to them."
Stewart did not disclose significant details about the connections between the murders at Wednesday's press conference, but did stress the importance of providing closure to the victims' loved ones.
"Our goal here is not just to solve these crimes. Our goal is to bring justice and relief for the victims' families," he said.
The FBI, DEA, Columbus Division of Police, Franklin County Sheriff's Office, and the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office have assisted in the investigation.
Anyone with information about one or more of the murders is encouraged to call the tip line at 614-849-1766.
Below is a list of the 15 murder victims, as well as the dates of their deaths:
- Byron Boyce - January 12, 1998
- Tony Seuell - November 23, 1998
- Saniqua Hester - July 12, 2005
- Michael Teague (Mike-T) - January 12, 2006
- Allen Johnson (AV) - April 16, 2006
- Anthony Martin (Ant Man) - July 23, 2006
- Kenneth Crawford - April 25, 2007
- Marcus Peters - October 6, 2007
- Rodriccos Williams - November 3, 2007
- Dante Hill - December 12, 2007
- Shane McCuen - March 11, 2008
- Tyrell Davis - April 25, 2008
- Larry Moore - August 12, 2010
- Crystal Fyffe - October 16, 2011
- Stephan J. Austin (Nutty) - July 4, 2013