Investigators from 3 states try to crack cold cases

LONDON, Ky. (AP) - A tri-state cold case task force has been comparing notes on unsolved killings in three states and is reviewing the 50-year-old slaying of a Transylvania University student as the possible first death in a possible string of related killings.

Lexington Police Detective Rob Wilson told WKRC-TV in Cincinnati that similarities between the attack of 19-year-old Betty Gail Brown on Oct. 27, 1961 as she left the campus library and other slayings has prompted a review of slayings connected to 67-year-old Nolan Ray George.

George is currently in the Oakland County, Michigan, jail, charged with a 1968 murder in Pontiac, Michigan. He has not been charged in Brown's death.

"The manner of death, the absence of sexual activity, the violence-there are certainly similarities," Wilson said. "that's why we're going through the enormous case file one more time."

Wilson says the task force, which covers Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan, is looking into George to either clear him in Brown's slaying or find enough evidence to charge him.

Wilson says Brown's bra was used to strangle her, a killing method used in other cases where George is a suspect.

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