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An Iowa man was arrested Wednesday after investigators linked his DNA to the killings of three women in the early 1990s.
Clark Perry Baldwin, a former long-haul truck driver, is being charged in the murders of two women in Wyoming and another in Tennessee, authorities said in a news release. The 58-year-old Baldwin was arrested in Waterloo, Iowa, where he is being held at the Black Hawk County jail awaiting extradition proceedings.
The Tennessee woman was identified as Pamela McCall, who was 24 weeks pregnant at the time of her murder, Brent Cooper, district attorney of the state’s 22nd Judicial District, said in a Facebook post.
The two women in Wyoming, who remain unidentified, were dubbed “I-90 Jane Doe” and “Bitter Creek Betty” based on the locations where their bodies were found in 1992.
“I don’t know what the Webster’s Dictionary definition of a serial killer is,” Matt Waldock, commander of Wyoming’s Division of Criminal Investigation, told the Casper Star-Tribune. “But that’s what I’d call him.”
In Tennessee, Baldwin will face two counts of first-degree murder for killing McCall and her fetus in 1991. Officials said Baldwin will be tried in Tennessee before facing charges in Wyoming, the Star-Tribune reported.
McCall’s body was found in March of 1991 near a highway exit. Investigators submitted evidence for DNA analysis to the state’s Forensic Services Division and found that it matched the DNA recovered from two unresolved cases in Wyoming.
According to Cooper’s Facebook post, witness statements and other evidence showed that McCall, 33 at the time, “may have been traveling with a semi truck driver at the time of her death.”
“I am also very happy to be able to give Rose McCall’s mother a chance to see justice for her daughter’s and granddaughter’s murders,” Cooper wrote. “As she put it in a recent phone call, ‘At least I have a grave to visit, some Mom’s don’t even have that.'”
In Wyoming, Baldwin will also face two counts of first-degree murder. The body of “Bitter Creek Betty” was found in March 1992 near the Bitter Creek turnout in Sweetwater County, and the body of “I-90 Jane Doe” was found in Sheridan County.
The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation said in a news release they linked Baldwin to the crimes with “advances in technology.” Investigators also suspected that a truck driver killed the women in all three cases.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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