DNA from genealogy site identifies mutilated corpse as 1994 victim of the Hog Trail Murders killer who lured gay men to take bondage photos of them in the woods then strangled them
- The body was found in the woods in Port Charlotte, Florida, but has been a John Doe for almost 30 years
- It was found by two hunters in 1994; many of the teeth were gone and the corpse was mutilated
- Two years later, another two mutilated bodies were found nearby
- Their genitalia had been hacked off and the corpses were both naked
- Daniel Conahan was arrested in 1996 when another man he tried to kill escaped
- That man told cops how Conahan lured him to take bondage photos, promising him money, then tried to kill him
- Conahan has since been linked to ten murders; he is on death row in Florida
- The body of the 1994 victim has been identified as Jerry Lombard
New DNA testing has identified a mutilated corpse found in 1994 as one of the first victims of the Hog Trail Murder serial killer.
The body has been referred to as a John Doe for 27 years but has now been identified as that of Jerry Lombard, who vanished from his home in Florida in 1991.
Police now say he was the first victim of Daniel Conahan, a convicted murderer and rapist who killed a string of men in the 1990s in what became known as the Hog Trail Murders.
Conahan would lure the men into the woods, tie them up to take bondage photos of them and then mutilate their genitals before killing them. The men were all drifters and in need of money. Police believed Conahan would promise to pay them, and that’s why they’d follow him.
The body has been referred to as a John Doe for 27 years but has now been identified as that of Jerry Lombard, who vanished from his home in Florida in 1991
Conahan went undetected until 1996. He was sentenced to death in 1997 but remains on death row in Florida. It’s unclear when he will be executed.
He is the killer in at least ten murders, according to police, but they have not linked him to all of them yet with solid evidence.
He was caught in 1996 after one would-be victim escaped and survived, and told police that Conahan had tried to kill him.
So far, he has been blamed for the deaths of ten people.
Police now say he was the first victim of Daniel Conahan, a convicted murderer and rapist who killed a string of men in the 1990s in what became known as the Hog Trail Murders
At his trial, prosecutors said Conahan realized as a child that he was homosexual but his parents repressed him, forcing him to go to therapy.
All of his victims were also gay men.
The newest victim was identified after one of the man’s relatives submitted their DNA to a genealogy website.
In 2013, a forensic anthropologist submitted a tooth from John Doe to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification.
In January 2020, detectives from the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office enlisted the help of the FBI. Then in February this year, cops found a match from a genealogy website.
They found DNA from one of Lombard’s many relatives – he had 16 siblings – and one of them had submitted their sample.
He is the killer in at least ten murders, according to police, but they have not yet linked him to all of them with solid evidence
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