INDIANAPOLIS -- A FBI specialist Tuesday met with Indiana detectives to put together a personality profile of the 'I-70 killer' believed responsible for the killings of at least six Midwestern store clerks.
Whether enough data is available remains to be seen, officials said.
FBI spokesman Gary Schoon said the specialist from a behavior science unit based at Quantico, Va., met with detectives from Indianapolis and Terre Haute, the Indiana cities where the I-70 killer is believed to have struck.
The purpose of the meeting is to decide if a personality profile of the killer, believed to be a white male, can be developed, Schoon said.
It has yet to be determined if 'this case is even a profile-able case,' he said.
Law enforcement officials in Indiana and Missouri have evidence linking the robbery-slayings of store clerks in both states.
Detectives with the Kansas City Police Department's Metropolitan Squad Monday said laboratory tests linked a .22-caliber pistol to all six killings. The most recent victim was killed last Thursday in Raytown, a suburb of Kansas City.
Indianapolis Police Detective Sgt. Michael Crooke refused to confirm that the same gun has been used in the Indiana incidents.
'We have physical evidence that would connect all (six) of them,' Crooke said.
Police say of the six victims identified so far, two were killed in Indiana, two in Missour and two in Kansas.
The victims in Indiana and Missouri all were killed in stores near Interstate 70, while the two victims in Wichita, Kan., were slain at a bridal shop near Interstate 35.
The shootings began April 8 in Indianapolis with the slaying of Robin Fuldauer, 27, at Payless Shoe Source on the city's northeast side.
The next slaying occurred April 11 at a Wichita bridal shop. Killed were Patricia Magers, 32, and Patricia Smith, 23.
On April 27, the only male victim was killed in a Terre Haute ceramics store. Authorities said Michael McCown, 40, may initially have been mistaken for a woman because he wore his long hair in a ponytail and had an earring.
The following week, on May 3, Nancy Kitzmiller, 24, was shot to death at a western footwear store in St. Charles, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis.
Authorities said only small amounts of cash were taken from the stores where the clerks have been slain. In at least one case, a victim's purse was left untouched at the scene.
Police from Wichita and St. Charles joined Kansas City investigators Monday in Raytown to compare case files. The detectives said they also were in contact with police in Indianapolis and Terre Haute, as well as with the FBI.
Crooke said he has been in touch with state police in states to the east and the north. It is believed, at this point, that the killing spree began in Indiana but there is no conclusive proof of that, he said.
Although it would appear that the suspect, while traveling back and forth from Indiana to Missouri, may have intentionally or unintentionally not committed crimes in Illinois, that may not be the case, Crooke said.
'We have been in touch with Illinois State Police. Illinois is working with us to cover any possible attempts that we can sink our teeth in at this point,' he said.
'We've pretty much been (working) non-stop on this,' said Crooke, who has had one-day off work since the first killing. 'It gets down to sitting here and making phone calls. You have so many little towns that could easily miss a NCIC (National Crime Information Center) bulletin.'