POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Authorities say they’ve lastly recognized a doable sufferer of an alleged serial killer regarded as accountable for a string of killings referred to as the “Hog Path Murders.”

In a press release Wednesday, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Workplace recognized John Doe #1 as Gerald Lombard, a Massachusetts man who disappeared within the early 90s.

John Doe #1’s physique was discovered badly decomposed within the woods close to Wyandotte Avenue and Tulip Avenue in northern Charlotte County on Feb. 1, 1994. Detectives had been unable to find out his identification or reason for loss of life.

John Doe was thought of to be a sufferer of the “Hog Path Murders” in Sarasota and Charlotte counties. Between 1994 and 1997, 4 different males had been discovered lifeless in comparable desolate areas. Most had been strangled, and their genitals had been eliminated.

Daniel Conahan was lengthy suspected of killing them males, however was solely convicted of 1 homicide. He was sentenced to loss of life in 1997 for strangling 21-year-old Richard Montgomery of Punta Gorda.

Prosecutors stated Conahan had focused homosexual males and transients and would lure them into the woods so he may kill them.

In 2013, John Doe’s tooth was submitted to a lab for DNA testing. It took about seven years to course of, however his DNA was uploaded to 2 databases and matched a lot of different DNA samples, main detectives to doubtless family members.

Authorities stated a lady believed to be John Doe’s niece had additionally submitted her DNA to Ancestry.com, which was doubtless how the match was made. In April and Might, detectives took DNA samples from Lombard’s sister, brother and son and had been capable of confirm his identification.

Investigators realized Lombard was one in all 17 siblings, however his brothers and sisters had not heard from him since roughly 1991 or 1992.

“In keeping with the household, Jerry was a little bit of a drifter, and it was frequent for him to vanish for lengthy durations of time,” the sheriff’s workplace stated.

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Workplace’s chilly case group is asking anybody who knew Lombard or might have seen him with Daniel Conahan to name detectives at 941-639-2101.

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