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Lunch wagon slayings the work of Baseline Killer, police say

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Posted: Saturday, July 29, 2006 6:57 am | Updated: 3:46 pm, Wed Jun 19, 2013.

Phoenix police on Friday attributed two more deaths to the Baseline Killer. Sgt. Andy Hill, police spokesman, said detectives have been going through previous homicide cases to look for links to a brazen criminal whose spree since August has included homicides, rapes and robberies.

Detectives knew late Thursday that forensic evidence from the slayings of two women Feb. 20 are definitively linked to the serial killer, Hill said.

Killed were Romelia Vargas, 38, and Mirna Palma Roman, 23. They ran a lunch wagon that makes the rounds to construction sites.

Hill said that at this point there is no evidence other offenses were committed against the women.

“It does appear to be a brazen crime,” Hill said.

He said the women were killed between 5:30 and 7 a.m. in a desolate area at 91st Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road near newly built homes and a construction site.

No witnesses have come forward, but police believe there were people in the area who might have seen or heard something, and they are urging them to contact police.

Hill said the hours are out of the time frame the killer usually strikes, but he noted that at that time of year, the sun still hasn’t risen.

The addition of Roman and Vargas to the case file brings the number of homicide victims to eight and the number of incidents to 23.

Of those cases, 11 are definitely linked by forensic evidence.

Police also are trying to catch a second killer known as the Serial Shooter, who since May 2005 has been shooting animals and people.

Police believe that person is responsible for five deaths and 35 incidents in all, including the latest on Saturday morning near Stapley Drive and Brown Road in Mesa, where a bicyclist was shot.

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What: Mesa Police Department personal safety community meeting to discuss the July 22 shooting at Brown Road and Stapley Drive that police believe is linked to the Serial Shooter.

When: 6:30 p.m. Monday

Where: Edison Elementary School gymnasium, 545 N. Horne

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