It's no fun being Larry Breeden these days, now that the Virginia State Police have linked that name with the "Route 29 stalker" who allegedly killed Alicia Showalter Reynolds.

Take it from Larry Breeden, of Charlottesville, one of several suffering from unwanted fame. He's 50 years old, 6 feet 1 and drives a greenish-black Nissan pickup truck. State police say they believe a man about that height, 35 to 45 years old, used a black pickup to kidnap and kill Reynolds and tried to flag down 20 other female motorists on U.S. Route 29 in Virginia.

Breeden said that when he goes to the store and pays by check or credit card, clerks sometimes raise their eyebrows.

"They are saying, Oh, Larry Breeden, huh? I've seen your name in the newspaper or etc.,' " Breeden said. "I say, Yeah, I've read it, too.' It's kind of an eerie feeling, for sure."

He said he also was asked by police to account for his movements March 2, the day Reynolds disappeared while driving from Baltimore to Charlottesville.

Last week, for the first time since Reynolds's body was found in May in Lignum, Va., state police revealed that the stalker had used the name Larry Breeden with at least two women he gave rides to but did not harm.

Police also described the stalker as white, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall with reddish brown hair. Police said he probably has a blue-collar job, and several witnesses said he wore a wedding band.

An Internet search found 38 Larry Breedens listed in phone books nationwide, but it may have missed some who live in small towns or do not have listed phone numbers.

Within hours of releasing a psychological profile of the stalker and the name he used, police were deluged with hundreds of tips, said Virginia State Police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell. None involved anyone named Larry Breeden, she said.

Investigators have searched databases to find all the Larry Breedens in Virginia and have interviewed some of them, Caldwell said. She would not say how many Larry Breedens they questioned.

"But we were able to eliminate every Larry Breeden," Caldwell said.

A state police investigator said police are now looking at Breedens whose first name is not Larry, and folks with the surname Breedon or other spellings.

Larry Breeden, of Springfield, a 46-year-old car upholsterer who stands 5 feet 7 and drives a Toyota sedan, complained that investigators showed up at his workplace several months ago to question him.

"That was not right," Breeden said. "It probably would have been better for them to call me and ask me about it."

Now co-workers constantly rib him, and "people even approached my wife at work," he said. "It's kind of disturbing . . . but what can I do? I can't change my name. As long as I know it's not me, that's the good thing."

Last night, the Larry Breedens of the world -- or at least the ones who already know that their name is linked to the case -- braced themselves for the national spotlight: NBC's "Unsolved Mysteries" planned to air an episode about the stalker during the show.

"I'm curious to watch it," said Larry Breeden, of Charlottesville, an insurance underwriter. "I figure my name's going to be mentioned."

He does not mind "the minor inconvenience that I may have suffered if by some chance {police} catch this guy," he said. "Then it's well worth it. Society . . . needs to know this, because there is someone dangerous out there."

Last week, investigators also said it was possible that the stalker has a grudge against a Larry Breeden and may be using that name in retaliation. But Caldwell said she "would not speculate on which {Breeden} that would be."

Larry Breeden, of Elkton, Va., a carpenter, said he gets the creeps everywhere he goes. He's 44, about 5 feet 11 and drives a black pickup truck, although his one-ton flatbed is much larger than the truck police said the stalker has driven.

"You get a lot of strange looks anywhere you go and from anybody who knows you," he said. "It's not very comfortable. I hope they find him. He might do this again."

As for the fact that people might stop looking at him strangely once the stalker is caught, well, "that would be good" too, he said.