Friday, August 31, 2001

Blood may test claim of slayings

The Associated Press

        STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — Authorities may stop their search for bodies and focus on blood evidence in their effort to confirm whether a man has killed at least six people, the Jefferson County sheriff said Thursday.

        Despite Steven Moorehead's claims, authorities have found just one body after searching for more than a week.

        Sheriff Fred Abdalla said he still thinks there are multiple victims.

        Mr. Moorehead, 39, of Brilliant, Ohio, and Fred Horner, 38, of Steubenville, are charged with murder, felonious assault and improper discharge of a firearm in the death of Becky Mitchell, 33, of Steubenville.

        The sheriff said he is awaiting test results from blood taken from the back seat of Mr. Moorehead's cars.

        “If we have two or three samples of blood, that's how we'll know if we have more than one victim,” he said.


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