By Lori Fullbright, The News On 6
TULSA, OKLAHOMA -- The FBI says serial killers, working as long-haul truckers, have killed hundreds of prostitutes, hitchhikers and stranded drivers in our country.
It's such a big problem, agents created a special database just to track these murders and suspected truck drivers. Tulsa police think it's possible a serial killer truck driver killed a woman who hitchhiked from New York to Tulsa last year.
Investigators say serial killers are drawn to a career in truck driving, because they can pick up a victim in one place, kill her two states away, then dump her three states after that, plus there are few witnesses and little forensic evidence.
Tulsa homicide detectives say that fits Lisa Bolleart's murder to a tee.
Bolleart was the mother of a young son, when she decided to leave her home in New York and hitchhike to parts unknown. She ended up in Tulsa on April 27th, 2009.
"She's somebody's wife, somebody's daughter, somebody's mother and we very much want to solve this," Detective Mark Kennedy, Tulsa Police Department said.
Lisa was seen at the downtown homeless shelter, then at a women's shelter in Sand Springs and was captured on surveillance video walking along Charles Page Boulevard, after asking for directions to the nearest truck stop.
"We have questions about truck drivers," Detective Kennedy said.
She was again caught on tape when a man took her to Tulsa's FBI office, where she talked to agents about getting a background check run on herself, because she wanted to re-enlist in the Army.
Identifying the man is a top priority. Detectives want to talk to him and get a DNA sample.
Eight days after her arrival, police found Lisa, wrapped in a trash bag, mouth and feet taped, tossed in a yard on South Elwood. She'd been dead only five hours and it was a nightmarish death; she was beaten and cut.
Police had vague reports of a white Chevy truck in the area.
"It's very difficult, we really have very little to go on," Detective Kennedy said.
Since Lisa didn't know anyone in Tulsa, police believe her killer was a stranger and given how violent her murder, they believe it's not the killer's first.
"It's a very brutal death," Detective Kennedy said. "I don't want to say it's a serial killer, but, it's someone with a very violent past and could do this again."
The serial killer highway database was created because of an Oklahoma case. The OSBI was working the murders of seven truck stop prostitutes that happened along I-40. Researching similar cases led to so many, the FBI decided to create a separate database to track highway serial killers.
Anyone with information on Bolleart's case should call Crime Stoppers at 596-COPS.