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Willoughby Hills police need help identifying a woman serial killer Samuel Little says he murdered

Posted at 7:06 PM, Jun 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-03 19:08:13-04

WILLOUGHBY HILLS, Ohio — The man who has confessed to killing women across the country, has now been linked to another murder, this one in Lake County. Willoughby Hills police detectives have linked confessed serial killer Samuel Little to a cold case murder from 1983.

Late last year, Willoughby Hills Police detectives Jamie Onion and Ron Parmertor put fresh eyes on a cold case. It was about the same time Little made headlines for a killing spree that he told police stretched from coast to coast for 35 years. Little is from Lorain and the two detectives decided to head to Texas to interview him.

Police said Little confessed to killing the woman.

“We were never able to identify the female or the suspect,” said Onion.

The murdered happened in March 1983. A man walking his dog stumbled upon bones not far from his yard and called police. The skeletal remains were found on the side of Interstate 271 south. Police believe the woman disappeared in the late 1970s or early 1980s. Police said Little told them he picked up the prostitute in the Broadway area of Cleveland, the two argued briefly in the car about the cost of sex.

“He reached over and strangled her,” said Parmertor.

Police said Little did not know the woman’s name because he spent so little time with her. But, when detectives showed him the composite of the victim. “He’s taping on the picture, he said that’s her,” said Parmerto. “The facial features match but the hair does not,” Little told the detectives.

But who she is remains a mystery.

Along with the remains, police found a blue-green dress, shoes, a sweater with a belt, a pin and other jewelry.

“An Elgin watch that was pretty distinctive because it was a man’s watch on a female at the time, a crucifix, a ring with an inscription of a backwards C then the capital letter A with an arrow with feathers on it,” said Onion.

On Friday, a Cuyahoga County grand jury indicted Little in connection with the murders of two local woman.

Lake county has not charged Little in connection with the cold case because they want to identify the victim first.

Police are asking the public to look closely at the jewelry, they're hoping someone can put a name to a face.

“An aunt, uncle, cousin, best friend, somebody who graduated with her or may have known a person who went missing in the late 70s or early 80s,” said Parmertor.

Information on the case can be found here.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detectives Parmertor and Onion by calling (440) 918-8725 or (440) 918-8727.

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