Police release serial killer's sketch of Prince George's County woman killed in early 1970s


Prince George’s County police have released a sketch drawn by a confessed serial killer in hopes of identifying a woman he purportedly killed in Laurel more than four decades ago.

Samuel Little is serving multiple life sentences for murders he committed in Texas and California, police said in a post online. The 78-year-old told police in Texas he had killed more than 90 women, including a woman in the Washington area in the early 1970s.

Little knew details of an unresolved murder in Laurel, likely in the summer of 1972, that were never released to the public, police said. A hunter found a woman’s skeletal remains in a wooded area off Route 197 and Baltimore-Washington Parkway in the winter of 1972, a short distance north of Bowie.

The medical examiner at the time said the remains were of a 19-year-old white woman between 5 feet 2 inches and 5 feet 6 inches, with dirty blonde or reddish hair.

She was never identified, but police are now hoping a sketch Little made in December will help them find her name.

Little said he met the woman at a bus station on New York Avenue in Washington, D.C. He said she told him she was from Massachusetts and recently divorced, and may have been a mother.

People with information that could help are urged to call investigators at 301-772-4925. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.

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