Murdered alleged serial killer linked to investigations in 8 states

This undated Oregon driver identification photo released Monday, July 27, 2015, by the Charleston, W. Va., Police Department shows Neal Falls, of Springfield, Ore., killed by a women he attacked on July 18 in Charleston. Police are investigating whether Falls had any connection to cases of suspicious deaths and missing women in other states. (Oregon DMV/Charleston Police Department via AP)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Authorities say police in at least eight states are investigating unsolved cases that may be linked to an Oregon man who was recently killed by an escort in West Virginia.

Police say the prostitute was attacked by 45-year-old Neal Falls on July 18 and she grabbed his gun and fatally shot him as he choked her. Police found axes, knives, handcuffs and a shovel in Falls’ car.

Charleston Police Lt. Steve Cooper says authorities in Nevada, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, New York, Texas, Oregon and California are comparing similar cases, some involving dead or missing prostitutes.

Cooper says authorities in at least 20 states had stopped Falls and checked his license plate or Social Security number, but he has no history of major crimes.

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