Mississippi Highway Murders; Police hunt for suspected fake Cop in highway shooting deaths
Tunica Miss.-Police fear someone is posing as a police officer in Mississippi and pulling over victims before killing them, after two highway murders that were thought to have occurred at random were connected Monday. Lori Anne Carswell, 47, was shot and killed on Highway 713 -- a popular route for people traveling along the interstate to and from work in Tunica -- after leaving Fitzgerald's Casino about 2:00am local time Friday. On May 8, 74-year-old Thomas Schlender was shot and killed about 1:30am local time while driving southbound on I-55 near Batesville, Miss. "There are some similarities between the two incidents, mainly the fact they happened alongside a Mississippi highway," Mississippi Bureau of Investigation director Lt. Col. Larry Waggoner said, according to The Commercial Appeal. "The concern is that someone is posing as a law enforcement officer and that is how these vehicles end up on the side of the road."