A Serial Killer Isn't Preying on OC Prostitutes, Say Experts, as Bodies Pile Up and Women Go Missing

When the Santa Ana Police Department last month asked the public for help in locating three women last seen Aug. 13, including two who were last in an area of the city known for drugs and prostitution, the first image that flashed in my mind was the face of Tina Hoang at right.

The body of the 20-year-old Bellflower mom who had been busted in the past for prostitution was found on the sand next to a lifeguard tower in Newport Beach on March 4, 2013, and police a month later labeled the case a homicide.

Kianna Jackson, Josephine Vargas, Martha Anaya Missing From Santa Ana Since Aug. 13, 2013

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Have you seen Kianna Jackson?

What if, I wondered last month, if Orange County was now dealing with a serial killer preying on prostitutes?

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Extending the notion further, why is it that Orange County law enforcement formed a multi-agency task force when homeless men were being fatally stabbed over a few months of late 2011-early 2012 but were not doing so now when the victims were female prostitutes? Are cops making a judgment call on which type of victims are worthy of their attention?

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Have you seen Josephine Vargas?

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Anaheim Police Lt. Tim Schmidt, the department spokesman, provides the answer--not directly but substantively--in a recent Orange County Register story.

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Have you see Martha Anaya?

"We don't have the evidence to say they're connected," Schmidt told the Register of the cases involving missing persons Kianna Jackson, Josephine Vargas and Martha Anaya in Santa Ana and the late Tina Hoang and Jarrae Estepp, who'd worked as a prostitute before her body turned up in an Anaheim trash recycling facility on March 14. The 21-year-old's death is also being investigated as a homicide.



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EllayB
EllayB

Turns out, yep, it was a serial killer.

Two of them, actually. Being monitored by GPS for previous sex offences.

Excellent.

dwvaldez
dwvaldez

Similar to the West Mesa murders in Albuquerque, NM (www.westmesaproject.org)

str8hustling61
str8hustling61

the fucken cops need to wake up and the fbi needs to step in this is crap one of the missing girls is my lady im pissed that they have done nothing they have no new leads or anybody in custody. and these dumb posts need to stop this is a serious matter until someone you love goes missing you wont be talking shit so stop. this is for tips or support we need to catch this sicko please help if you know anything.

g.judd1111
g.judd1111

So basically they are saying they need more evidence, which means more dead prostitutes.

tongue_twister_for_t
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LAW ENFORCEMENT CODE OF ETHICS

 Members of OCSD are bound by a clearly stated Code of Law Enforcement
 Ethics: "As a Law Enforcement officer, my fundamental duty is to serve
 mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent
 against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and
 the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the
 Constitutional Rights of all men to liberty, equality and justice.
 I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all; maintain
 courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn, or ridicule; develop
 self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others.
 Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life. I
 will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations
 of my department. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or
 that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever
 secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.
 I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices,
 animosities, or friendships to influence my decisions. With no
 compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals. I
 will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or
 favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force of
 violence and never accepting gratuities.
 I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and
 accept it, as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the
 ethics of the police service. I will constantly strive to achieve
 these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen
 profession, law enforcement".
                                                        ==========

  "The police and prosecutors coerced the victims and witnesses and suspects into making confessions which is an illegal activity". "The police consider everyone (but themselves) to be a suspect".

Zena Vandergoot
Zena Vandergoot

I.hope my friend Marely Anaya is ok . Your family and friends miss u

mikeknowles
mikeknowles

somebodys gotta fight crime and clean the scum off the streets.

bigalv83
bigalv83

Funk you shit talking bunks

downtownbrown
downtownbrown

Incendiary headline when the expert quoted says there is no evidence of any connection between the disappearances.  But the Weakly, in true amarilla periodista fashion, suggests there is a SK on the loose.  Does Klavito have an alibi?  Certainly has a motive.

Daniel Hernandez
Daniel Hernandez

This story is screaming for attention from authorities! Thank you.

420jiisan
420jiisan

What's the difference between an onion and a hooker? I don't cry when I cut up a hooker.

Wayne Willhite
Wayne Willhite

The Santa Ana police department is a complete joke....and couldn't give a rats a**....I was there on a Sunday morning 9:30 am and there was an assault and robbery at a McDonalds...when the police didn't show up and were called back....there response was..... if we responded to every call like this that's all we would be doing.. They are a complete frkn joke !!!!

Guccii Man
Guccii Man

We do. Beach blvd. is considered one.

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