Utah reopens 20-year-old cold-case murder of unidentified woman

Utah authorities are reviving a 1998 cold-case homicide they say may be connected to a prolific Colorado serial killer convicted of slaying at least four people.

Investigators said Tuesday that circumstantial evidence points to Scott Kimball, dubbed 'Hannibal Lecter,' who is currently serving 70 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder charges.

State Bureau of Investigation Agent Brian Davis says that includes a complicated rope knot like one used on a Kimball victim and a colorful child’s play rug matching one his son had in 1998, when he was five years old.

Unidentified woman found dead in Utah in April 1998

Convicted serial killer Scott Kimball

Did he do it? Utah authorities are looking into the unsolved 1998 murder of an unidentified woman in her 30s or 40s (left), which they believe might be the handiwork of convicted serial killer Scott Kimball (right)

The woman's body was covered with plastic bags, wrapped in duct tape, tied with a rope and placed inside a sleeping bag

The woman's body was covered with plastic bags, wrapped in duct tape, tied with a rope and placed inside a sleeping bag

The body was found on the side of Utah State road 276, about 36 miles north of Lake Powell

The body was found on the side of Utah State road 276, about 36 miles north of Lake Powell

Davis says they’re also still trying to identify the woman, currently known as 'Jane Doe,' whose body was found in southeastern Utah near Lake Powell. DNA indicates Native American or Hispanic descent. 

Kimball confessed to the murders of Kaysi McLeod, 19, Jennifer Marcum, 25, LeAnn Emry, 24, and his uncle Terry Kimball, 60, which occurred between 2003-2004. 

He admitted to killing four people between 2003 and 2004, confessing to the murders of Kaysi McLeod, 19, Jennifer Marcum, 25, LeAnn Emry, 24, and his uncle Terry Kimball, 60.

When first speaking with Emry, Kimball had used the alias 'Hannibal,' earning him the sinister nickname inspired by the character of a cannibalistic serial killer in the hit thriller The Silence of the Lambs.

His deadly spree began a month after he was released from prison in 2002 to become an FBI informant. 

Investigators believe Kimball could be responsible for anywhere between 15 to 21 deaths.

He has previously denied in involvement in other cold-case killings.  

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