Police following new leads in cold case murder

Published: Apr. 20, 2010 at 12:06 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 27, 2010 at 4:02 AM EDT
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Posted by Sam Schreiber

ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - Elizabethtown police say a cold case murder may be heating up. In 1987, Vicki Heath, a clerk at a Super 8 motel, was robbed, sodomized, and eventually shot to death. The case was never solved, but police hope a sketch created based on descriptions given by other victims who escaped, will help lead them to the killer.

In March, word came from the state police crime lab that there was a DNA match linking Heath's murder to two others and an attempted murder from the same time period.

A victim who escaped provided police with a composite sketch of the suspect. His most distinctive feature was his green eyes, one of which was noticeably lazy.

Police are also looking at a similar case from Rochester, Minnesota in 1991. Here too, the victim was robbed and sodomized. She provided authorities with a similar sketch.

While police do not yet have anyone in custody, they believe the suspect is a truck driver, or in some other mobile profession.  They are also in talks with the TV show America's Most Wanted, which could prove helpful if the suspect is no longer in the area.