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July 16, 2003
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La. Serial Killer Suspect Arrested in Atlanta

The man wanted in the serial killings of five women was arrested in Atlanta on Tuesday, ending a several month long hunt for a suspect in a case that terrified women across Louisiana.

Derrick Todd Lee, 34, was taken into custody about 8:30 p.m. by Atlanta police working with a joint FBI-metropolitan Atlanta task force, FBI spokesman Joe Parris said.

The Sheriff''s Office in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana confirmed that it used FACES composite software as one of several technologies to identify Derrick Todd Lee, recently arrested as the prime suspect in the killing of five women in south Louisiana.

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Sheriff Mike Neustrom''s office stated that, "The composite sketch developed with the FACES software was a significant aid in identifying the suspect in the killings of five women and rape of another. The composite created through witness interviews is a very close resemblance to the suspect."

The suspect had been living in an Atlanta motel but left Monday about the time a federal fugitive warrant was issued for his arrest. "It is my understanding he was arrested without incident," Parris said. U.S Marshal sources indicate that the arrest was made after a tip from a civilian.

Lee is the suspect in the killing at least five southern Louisiana women since September 2001, and he is suspected in a sixth death more than a decade ago and the disappearance of another woman in a Baton Rouge, La., suburb. It was those two cases that led police to Lee.

Over the last few weeks, Lee traveled by bus from Louisiana to Chicago and then to Atlanta, said U.S. Marshal Richard Mecum. Lee has been in Atlanta at least a week, and he may have been working construction or concrete contracting jobs that pay cash, authorities said.


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