APRIL 29 2008 11:23h
Although the young men drowned in a period of 10 years, their families fear the cases were linked.
At least 40 young men who drowned are possible serial murder victims of a national gang which leaves smiley face marks on the crime scene, Fox News writes.
A New York team of detectives thinks the men did not drown accidentally, but were killed by the “Smiley face gang”, as their symbols were left on some locations where the drowners were found: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa.
- They're telling you here that they're into evil, they're very happy as most serial killers are – retired detective Kevin Gannon said.
The body of student Chris Jenkins was found in the Mississippi River four months after he went missing in 2003.
Drowning cases linked
The police thought it was an accident, although the position of his body indicated to homicide. The body of Patrick McNeill was found in New York in 1997, who also drowned, but his family thought the circumstances were suspicious.
A team of investigators looking into 90 separate suspicious deaths, which happened in the past 10 years, think drowning cases of 40 young men, mostly students, all with good grades and excellent sport results, were linked. The alleged murders are noted in 10 different states.
However the FBI and the local authorities disagree that these drowning cases are linked with mass murders, while the victims` families think the circumstances of their deaths are highly suspicious.
- The people that murdered Chris have murdered before him and they've also murdered people after him - Jan Jenkins said.