EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Investigators continue to follow leads in the case of four women found dead four years ago today behind a Black Horse Pike motel, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel said.
Two women were walking behind the Golden Key Motel in the township's West Atlantic City section Nov. 20, 2006, when they discovered the body of Kim Raffo, 35.
Police who responded found three more women nearby. All were barefoot, face down in a line with their heads pointing toward Atlantic City.
Authorities soon discovered that the four women — Raffo, Tracy Ann Roberts, Barbara V. Breidor and Molly Jean Dilts — had worked the resort's streets as prostitutes.
Dilts, 20, was the newest to the city, after leaving her home in Black Lick Township, Pa., on Oct. 4. Atlantic County Medical Examiner Dr. Hydow Park was unable to determine exactly how she and Breidor, 42, died. But it was found Dilts had been in the ditch the longest, likely dying about two weeks after her arrival in the city.
Raffo was the last to die, of strangulation, about a week before the discovery. Roberts, 23, was asphyxiated about a week before that.
The case remains an active and open investigation, Housel said this week. His detectives have gotten assistance from several agencies, including the FBI, U.S. Justice Department, federal and state forensic labarotories, State Police and officers from Egg Harbor Township and Atlantic City.
His investigators also regularly use national databanks such as the Justice Department's Violent Criminal Apprehension Program, or ViCAP, and the FBI's Critical Incident Response Group.
Anyone who may have information about the killings is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Major Crimes Unit at 609-909-7666 or Atlantic County Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234.
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