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SHERIFF DANTE WALLACE, BUNCOMBE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT: No, we have not yet determined if all of the crimes are related. I want to remind ya’ll that this is an ongoing investigation and I can’t reveal any specifics about the case. I’ll just say that we’re actively pursuing all leads.
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JORDAN WEATHERS, HOST: Welcome to Crime View, I’m Jordan Weathers. A brutal killer is loose in the hills of North Carolina. At least four women are dead and the death toll continues to rise.
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WEATHERS: On your screen you can see a view of the region where the bodies have been found. Authorities believe that lurking somewhere in this expanse of mountains in Western North Carolina lies a cold-blooded murderer that has become known in the region as the Yellow Ribbon Strangler.
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WEATHERS: We have Hillary Bridgson, a Park Ranger for the Pisgah National Forest, with us tonight. Hillary, thanks for joining us.
HILLARY BRIDGSON, PARK RANGER: Yes. Thanks. Good.
WEATHERS: So, you were on the mountain today, where the body was found?
BRIDGSON: Yes, yes. I was. It was—disturbing.
WEATHERS: I’m sure it was. Do we know if this is the missing woman from Black Mountain, North Carolina? Can you confirm that the body found earlier today really is that of Ms. Travelca?
BRIDGSON: No, I don’t think. I don’t, I don’t know. Not yet.
WEATHERS: So Hillary, have you been working with state enforcement to narrow down the area? To find the killer?
BRIDGSON: Well, I’m just a park ranger, but yes, I think that’s what they’re doing. We’re doing everything we can to help them.
WEATHERS: We understand a team of FBI profilers has been called in.
BRIDGSON: Yes. They were on the mountain today. Where the body was found. I don’t know much about the profilers, though.
WEATHERS: Do you know how she died?
BRIDGSON: Strangled, I think. Mostly I was helping the officers and paramedics get supplies up the trail. It’s a bit of a hike to the trailhead.
WEATHERS: Yes, tell us about the region, these mountains. Why is it so hard to find this killer?
BRIDGSON: These mountains are very remote, Jordan. Western North Carolina has more than 200 mountains rising above 5000 feet and the highest peaks east of the Rocky Mountains.
WEATHERS: We’re on a tight break, but thank you Ms. Bridgson, we appreciate your time.
BRIDGSON: Yes. okay. Thank you.
WEATHERS: When we come back after this short break, we’ll hear from the family of Mindy Travelca, the girl who went missing earlier this week. We’ll be right back.
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