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Did a serial killer spend time in Dexter, Oregon? Investigators ask public for help

A man believed to be the same person died in prison under the name Lawrence Vanner after being convicted in the 2002 death of his wife. (From video via NCMEC)

EUGENE, Ore. — A suspected serial killer who died in a California prison in 2010 may have spent time in Dexter, Oregon, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said Wednesday.

That clue could help identify the man New Hampshire authorities call Bob Evans.

State police there suspect he killed a girlfriend who disappeared in 1981, as well as an unidentified woman and three girls whose bodies were found in barrels in Allenstown in 1985 and 2000.

A man believed to be the same person died in prison under the name Lawrence Vanner after being convicted in the 2002 death of his wife.

Investigators in New Hampshire have now released video of a California sheriff interviewing Vanner in an attempt to find anyone who may recognize the man or his mannerisms.

The National Center said law enforcement suspects the man spent time in Oregon at various times.

Among the clues related to Oregon:

  • Evans claims to have traveled to Oregon at some point between 1986-1989 to pick berries
  • Evans made statements suggesting his parents may have lived in Oregon
  • Evans made statements suggesting he was familiar with the town Dexter, Oreogn, outside Eugene
  • He suggested he owned property here
  • He was familiar with the Dexter Market

New Hampshire State Police ask anyone who recognizes the man in the video to contact the Cold Case Unit at (603) 223-3856 or by email at coldcaseunit@dos.nh.gov. You can also call the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).

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