KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Police investigators say the killings of two Kansas City prostitutes are linked to the same unknown suspect and more living victims are likely out there.
At a news conference Friday morning, Sgt. Doug Neimeier, a detective with the Kansas City Police Department, said the deaths of 40-year-old Tamara R. Sparks and 24-year-old Nicoleone M. Reed are related. A third living victim has been found, but investigators have not confirmed a link to the other two deaths.
Sparks' body was found in October 2011 near North Eastern Avenue and Northeast 120th Street in Kansas City North.
Reed's body was found in August 2012 in a remote area in southeastern Kearney.
Officers say they don't want the focus of the investigation to be on the victims' line of work, because they were loved ones to someone.
"These two women were mothers, they're daughters. They're family members to someone," Niemeier said. "And they are victims. It doesn't matter what kind of lifestyle someone leaves. High-risk lifestyle or otherwise. They are victims. It doesn't give anyone the right to take a life."
92 Highway is the main connecting road between the two crime scenes, and Niemeier said the road may be a key to the investigation.
Police said they have not determined an exact cause of death in either case, but are working both as homicides.
Investigators released a vague description of a potential suspect vehicle. It is a white American-made pickup truck believed to be manufactured between the late 1970s and early 1990s. It has a bluish-green passenger side door.
Authorities also brought with them to the news conference a shoe found in the vicinity of the area where Sparks' body was found. They wouldn't say for sure if it's connected to her death, but wanted anyone who recognized the shoe to come forward.
The heavily-worn Crocs shoe, size 11, was first made available in the U.S. in April 2010. To see an image of the shoe, click this link: http://bit.ly/WTNLnO
Detectives are concentrating their efforts in the search for evidence in Clay, Caldwell and Clinton counties, but they are keeping all options open, Neimeier said.