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Bobby Jack Fowler may be responsible for murders

8:40 AM, Sep 25, 2012   |    comments
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Bobby Jack Fowler (KGW)

(KGW) -- Four murders on the Oregon coast in the mid-1990s, along with a number of others from Oregon to Vancouver, British Columbia may have been solved through DNA tests, according to a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation report.

The alleged killer, Bobby Jack Fowler, died in an Oregon prison six years ago.

In January, 1995, Jennifer Esson, 15, and Kara Leas, vanished on a Newport road.

Loggers found their bodies several weeks later.

Fowler may also be linked to the 1992 deaths of Melissa Sanders, 17, and Sheila Swanson, 19, who disappeared near Newport on a camping trip.

Their bodies were found months later.

All four deaths were never solved.

Fowler was arrested and convicted in 1995 for the kidnapping and raping a woman at a Newport motel.

He was sentenced to 16 years and died behind bars from lung cancer.

KGW

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