Officials with the Indiana State Police as well as the FBI and the Elizabethtown, Kentucky police department held a press conference Tuesday at 11am to identify the “I-65 Killer,” who was also called the “Days Inn Killer.” Representatives of the agencies named Harry Edward Greenwell to be the killer, claiming they used “investigative genealogy” to confirm the man’s identity.
The killer was active in 1987 and 198 in Indiana and Kentucky, during which time he raped and killed three women at motels along Interstate 65. Similar crimes occurred in Minnesota and Illinois but have not been officially linked to the I-65 Killer.
All of the women who were attacked worked as clerks in those hotels.
In 1990 a woman working at a Days Inn in Columbus, Indiana was sexually assaulted and stabbed, but she managed to escape her attacker. She provided police with details of her attacker, describing him as about 6 feet tall with greasy, grey hair and a beard spotted with grey flecks. She claimed he had been wearing a flannel shirt, blue jeans, and that he had lime green eyes.
The FBI has been searching for the killer since his spree in the late 80’s.
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I-65 Killer named by FBI, police
16:11 , Graig Graziosi
Law enforcement officials from the FBI, the Indiana State Police and Edwardsville Police Department revealed the name of the I-65 Killer during a press conference on Tuesday.
The killer was reportedly a man named Harry Edward Greenwell.
Police said they used “investigative genealogy” to identify the man.
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16:07 , Graig Graziosi
Tune in to the FBI press conference as it happens.
LIVE: Investigators from the FBI, Indiana State Police and several other agencies are giving an update on the "I-65 Killer," also known as the "Days Inn Killer," cold case. https://t.co/ZHMddIU5dF
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Who is the I-65 Killer?
16:03 , Graig Graziosi
The Independent’s Joe Sommerlad dives into the specifics of the I-65 Killer, including accounts of his description and his crimes in the late 80’s and early 90’s.
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15:39 , Graig Graziosi
At least two women are believed to have survived attacks from the I-65 Killer.
One of the women worked as a hotel clerk in Columbus, Indiana. She was sexually assaulted and stabbed on 2 January, 1990, but managed to escape her attacker. She provided police with her recollection of the man, describing him as having had greasy hair and lime green eyes.
Another woman survived a similar attack in Rochester, Minnesota. She also spoke with police and provided a description of the killer similar to the one provided in Indiana. DNA evidence was eventually used to link the attack to the rest of the I-65 Killers rapes and murders, though it was notably for being the only one to occur on I-90 rather than I-65.
15:07 , Graig Graziosi
The I-65 Killer is linked to three murders. The women he killed were all clerks at motels. Jeanne Gilbert’s body was found on 3 March, 1989 near Remington, Indiana. Mary “Peggy” Gill was found the same day in Merrillville, Indiana. Both were workers at Days Inn motels.
Vicki Heath’s body was found on 21 February, 1987, in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, where she also worked at a motel. Similar crimes have occurred elsewhere in Kentucky, Minnesota, and Illinois, but have not been officially tied to the killer.
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14:58 , Graig Graziosi
Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of developments in the case of the I-65 Killer.
Stay with us for continuous coverage as law enforcement announces a potential break in the serial killer case today at 11am.