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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke April 16, 2021

No, police aren’t investigating a suspected serial killer in Baton Rouge

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  • Baton Rouge police say there is no suspected serial killer. 
  • The bodies of two women were recovered from the Mississippi River in the past two months, but the boyfriend of one of the women has been charged with murder, and officials don’t suspect foul play in the second woman’s death.

A frightening warning is being shared on social media lately: that a serial killer is at large in Baton Rouge, La. 

"Police say he bumps women’s cars and then when you pull over pulls a gun and tells you to get in his car. Three women have been found in the Mississippi River. … The police say if someone bumps your car do NOT pull over instead call the police first." 

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We reached out to the Baton Rouge Police Department about the post and spoke to Sgt. L’Jean McKneely, who told us that officers are not investigating suspected serial killings. 

"That’s the first I’ve heard of that," he said. 

The department also hasn’t received reports of a driver bumping into the back of women’s cars, he said. 

In March, police recovered the body of a woman detectives said they believe was shot to death by her boyfriend. The woman’s body was found about 40 miles south of Baton Rouge, and her boyfriend was charged with murder.

And in April, authorities found the body of a missing Louisiana State University student in the river. Officials have said no foul play or criminal activity is suspected in her death.

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