Police Launch Search for Serial Killer; LLANDARCY: Murders of Three Teenage Girls Are Linked by New Forensic Evidence 28 Years after Their Deaths

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Byline: COLIN HUGHES

POLICE are hunting for a serial killer who has evaded capture for almost 30 years and whom they believe may have committed four murders and at least three other random attacks on young women.

The man has now been linked forensically with the murders of three 16-year-old Neath girls in 1973.

Detectives have re-evaluated their investigation into the murders of Pauline Floyd and Geraldine Hughes whose bodies were found in Llandarcy and have established a positive link with the murder of Sandra Newton at Tonmawr two months earlier.

All three were sexually assaulted and strangled after hitch-hiking home from nightclubs in Swansea and Briton Ferry.

A fourth murder may also have been committed by the same man although police yesterday declined to reveal further details of the victim.

It is possible there may be a connection with other murders throughout Britain but detectives already believe he may also be responsible for a series of 1973 sex attacks in the Neath, Pontardawe and Port Talbot areas, including two rapes and an indecent assault.

Detective Chief Superintendent Wynne Phillips, head of South Wales CID, made an appeal yesterday to anyone who can help identify the man they are hunting.

"Give us the name and we can either eliminate or implicate, " he said.

The link between the two unsolved murder cases resulted from cutting edge technology. …