Elizabethton high students present ‘Redhead Murders’ profile to FBI agents in Knoxville


Students at Elizabethton High School received an incredible opportunity Tuesday, their hard work to solve a string of murders dating back to the 1980’s caught the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

As of Tuesday, only three of the six victims have been identified.

Elizabethon Social Studies Teacher Alex Campbell presented the profile with 11 of his students from his sociology class in the Spring. 

Students presented information regarding the six victims, all white females with red or brown hair – victims they believe we all murdered by the same serial killer from 1983-1985.

Troy Sowers, special agent in charge, FBI, Knoxville, described the work as impressive.

“These students did the same sort of process we would use when we actually have a case file so I think it’s extraordinary what they were able to put together,” Sowers said.

Students created a timeline of when and where the victims’ bodies were found, near major highways. The students believe the serial killer may have been a truck driver who is still alive in the Knoxville area.

For Campbell, he hopes this project sends a message to the community.

“I want them to know that nobody deserves to die, it doesn’t matter what their job is or what their lifestyle is like, and they don’t deserve to be forgotten either,” Campbell said.

News Channel 11’s Caroline Corrigan asked the FBI if they believed the murders were connected, they denied to comment.

If you have any information regarding any of these cases, you are asked to call your local law enforcement.

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