Photos of Handbags Possibly Tied to Prince George's Slayings Released

By Aaron C. Davis
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 20, 2009

A task force investigating the killings of four women in the Largo area released pictures yesterday of handbags that police said might have been taken from women found burned early Monday in a stolen car.

Prince George's County police officials are asking anyone who has noticed a multicolored Fossil handbag or black patent leather handbag with a large Cadillac emblem to contact detectives.

Police also want to speak with anyone who might have seen the stolen champagne-colored 2005 Nissan Maxima in which the bodies of Delores and Ebony Dewitt were found shortly before 4 a.m. in the 11100 block of Webbwood Court.

Police Chief Roberto L. Hylton said he thinks that the car might have been stolen less than two hours before the bodies were found.

The owner of the Nissan spotted someone speeding by her home in the car minutes before it was found ablaze in the driveway of a vacant home less than 1.5 miles from where the Dewitts lived and less than a half-mile from the site of the killings of a mother and daughter in January.

Karen and Karissa Lofton were fatally shot in their home in the 10800 block of Southall Drive on Jan. 26.

At the time, police said they thought the slayings were isolated and that the killer might have known the victims.

Hylton said yesterday that police are pursuing that and other theories but that given the similarities between the two pairs of victims, detectives are pursuing the possibility that they might be after a serial killer. Both of the mothers were in their 40s and lived alone with their children. The killings occurred early on Monday mornings. Karen Lofton and Delores Dewitt were nurses.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925.

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