Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Police Free Man Who Fit Profile Officer Is Sure They'll Know Abductor When He Is Found

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Police Free Man Who Fit Profile Officer Is Sure They'll Know Abductor When He Is Found

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A task force hunting a child killer was hopeful. But by day's end the lead had run cold - like hundreds of others.

"This investigation has its highs and lows," said Robert Lowery Sr., head of the Major Case Squad.

On Tuesday, it had both.

Day 6 of the combined hunt for the killer or killers of Angie Marie Housman and Cassidy Senter began with an enthusiastic call from University City.

A sergeant stopped a man who matched the killer's profile "to a T," said Police Chief Lee Payne.

The man resembled a composite sketch of a man who tried to abduct a girl Nov. 8 in Maryland Heights: He was 33, white, and was wearing glasses. He also was driving a white car, he was a loner and had recently lost a well-paying job as a computer programmer. Many of these traits were included in a psychological profile by the FBI.

Nevertheless, the task force released him after questioning.

"At this point, he's eliminated as a suspect," Lowery said. "It's my strongest feeling we're going to know (the killer) . . . when we bring him in. We have some aces in the hole, and that makes us very very confident."

Commented Payne: "My sergeant was so elated . . . It was just one of those things, but we were close."

Later Tuesday, police learned that a surveillance camera in the parking lot of a business in the 3900 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Drive might have detected evidence that could be used to tract down Cassidy's killer.

Lowery said St. Louis police were examining the videotape Tuesday night.

Cassidy vanished the afternoon of Dec. 1 about a block from her home near Bridgeton. She was beaten in the head.

Her body was found Thursday in an inner-city alley.

Angie vanished within a block from her home in St. Ann after getting off a school bus Nov. 18. Her body was found by a deer hunter in St. Charles County on Nov. 27.

Investigators have said Angie died "an extremely violent death" but have not released details of the killing. …

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