Wilder victim's purse found

DANVERS, Mass. -- Authorities said Sunday they found license plates and a purse belonging to the woman whose car playboy sex-slayer Christopher Wilder shot himself in during a struggle with police April 13.

A spokesman for FBI special agent James Greenleaf said Danvers police Saturday found a pocketbook and two New York license plates belonging to Mary Beth Dodge, 33, of Phelps, N.Y.


Mrs. Dodge was found shot to death on a roadside in the rural New York town of Victor. She was the divorced mother of a 4-year-old daughter and worked as a data-processing department manager for Mobil Chemical Co. in a Rochester, N.Y., suburb.

'The plates and the pocketbook were found together behind a business on Route 1,' said Danvers patrolman George Nowak.

He said they were partially concealed, but did not escape the eye of patrolman Daniel Keannelly.

'It was something only a police officer would notice -- it was sticking out enough to be located,' Nowak said.

Police suspect Wilder shot Mrs. Dodge and took her gold Pontiac Firebird, the car he was driving when he pulled into a gas station in Colebrook, N.H., April 13 where state police stopped him and he accidentally shot himself in a struggle with State Trooper Leo Jellison.


The police stopped Wilder after they noticed his car matched the description being broadcast nationally.

FBI officials said they will use the evidence in efforts to find some of the 11 other victims Wilder is suspected of killing or abducting.

An autopsy showed two .357 magnum bullets were shot in exactly the same place through Wilder's heart. His death certificate said he died of 'cardiac obliteration.'

Authorities have been unable to account for four women, including two from south Florida. Authorities believe Wilder, 39, lured his victims by posing as a photographer and promising them modeling careers.

Meanwhile FBI agents and Daytona Beach, Fla., police said they were investigating whether a body found earlier this week was that of Colleen Orsborn, of Daytona Beach, who disappeared March 15 -- the same day Wilder registered at a hotel in that beach resort town.

'At this point, I can't say whether it's her or not. It's possible,' said Daytona Beach Detective Larry Lewis.

Lewis said the decomposed remains fit the description of Miss Orsborn, who weighed 95 pounds, was 5 feet 2 inches tall, had light brown hair and hazel eyes.

The body and bits of tattered clothing were found in the Ocala National Forest, about 40 miles west of Daytona Beach, authorities said.


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