LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A Florida private investigator says he believes more than a dozen missing persons cases from Kentucky and surrounding states may be connected.
The faces of the young women on Bill Warner's blog are similar but behind each smile is a different family searching for answers.
"It just escalated over the last two or three years," Warner said. "It continued, the same profile, young female with long blond hair, same petite size, it just kept happening over and over and over again."
Warner says his interest began with a case in Tennessee and spread from there. Now he spotlights at least 17 women who have gone missing or were murdered, and he believes there may be a connection to Central Kentucky.
"It's kind of a center point, north, south, east, and west, you draw a big circle and Lexington is in the middle," he said.
One of the earliest cases on his web page is from Lexington. The body of 18-year-old Misty Gwinner was found on North Cleveland Road in 2005. She was last seen in Florence.
"And there was no person of interest, there was no suspect, there was nothing for these families to get some closure, it just kept happening," Warner said.
The latest face on his wall belongs to Brookelyn Farthing, who was 18 years old when she disappeared. She's been missing since June of last year from Madison County. Kentucky State Police are investigating her disappearance. They say they've investigated every scenario they can and don't believe her case is connected to any others.
Warner says he doesn't want to hinder any local investigations but believes some of the cases, including four of them from Kentucky, may be connected.
"I'm looking at 17 different girls who all look exactly alike, and every individual area, whether it's state police or local police, they all say the same thing, it's not connected to the others," he said.
"Maybe this needs national attention that all these young girls who look like they're all sisters have all just totally vanished without any kind of leads."
Warner says he hopes those leads come and that they bring answers to more than a dozen families.