Investigators in Bremerton say there are similarities in three violent and unsolved attacks that happened in the area.
Police are investigating possible links between three violent and unsolved attacks on people in Bremerton over the past nine months, including the slayings of 19-year-old Sara Burke last year and 61-year-old Melody Brannon last week.
On Friday, Bremerton police released a new sketch of a person of interest, somebody they’d like to talk to in connection with all three cases.
A 50-year-old man was assaulted last June, but not fatally, according to police.
“We believe there are similarities between the attacks and that there is a possibility they are linked,” said Bremerton police Lt. Peter Fisher on Friday.
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Fisher said he would not discuss all the reasons investigators suspect a link. However, he said, all three victims were in the same part of town, were alone in areas of high vehicle and foot traffic, and all the attacks appeared to have been random.
Burke was walking alone in the 800 block of Warren Avenue around 9:30 p.m. on May 3, 2011, when she was attacked, police said.
Neighbors reported hearing what sounded like raised voices and an argument, and Burke was later found dead of a stab wound to her neck, police said.
The next month, a 50-year-old Bremerton man was walking on Burwell Street, less than a mile from where Burke was found, when he was struck in the head and stabbed by an unknown attacker, police said.
Brannon was slain between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 3. She was found in the 1300 block of High Avenue, near Bremerton High School, within a square mile of the other attacks.
In a news release issued Friday, Fisher said Bremerton police would seek the expertise and assistance of the FBI, including its Behavioral Analysis Unit, as well as the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office and the Port Orchard Police Department.
“We are utilizing all available resources to solve each of these cases and to determine if they are linked,” Fisher said.
Anyone with any information should call the Bremerton police tip line at 360-473-5481.
Christine Clarridge: 206-464-8983 or email@example.com