Suspected serial killer had contact with law enforcement in Louisville

Published: Jul. 28, 2015 at 3:21 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2015 at 3:21 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A man investigators believe may have been a serial killer was stopped by law enforcement in Louisville in 2013.

Neal Falls was killed on July 18 in Charleston, West Virginia, by a woman who said he was trying to kill her. The woman, who is an escort police are referring to as 'Heather,' said she met falls online.

Heather told police Falls was attacking and choking her when she grabbed his gun off the ground and shot him.

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During the investigation into Falls' death, police found axes, knives, handcuffs, bleach and a shovel. He also had a list of ten women's names in his pocket, all of whom were escorts. The discovery of these items led investigators to believe Falls may have attacked other women in the past.

Falls was never arrested for a major crime, but records show he had been stopped by law enforcement in Arizona, Kentucky and Virginia.

A detective with Charleston Police told our affiliate WLEX that Falls had interaction with authorities in Louisville on October, 2013. WAVE 3 has contacted Louisville Metro Police to find out what type of interaction, if any, they had with Falls. That information is not yet available.

Charleston police Lt. Steve Cooper said law enforcement in as many as 20 states had contact with Falls.

Authorities in Nevada and Ohio are investigating Falls as a possible suspect several murders in each state.

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