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Victim No. 11: Dead Woman Had History of Prostitution

October 31, 1996 GMT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) _ A woman who testified at a murder trial this summer was found dead, the 11th woman to be killed in the Grand Rapids area in the past 2 1/2 years.

Most of the slain women were prostitutes or drug users. A special task force of regional police agencies is investigating the unsolved killings. Police aren’t sure whether a serial killer is responsible.

``It’s not appropriate to say it’s one person,″ Grand Rapids police Lt. Carol Price said Wednesday. ``We’ve talked to suspects. Some remain suspects, some are no longer. That’s true of any investigation. We have a lot of work to do.″

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Victoria Moore, 29, was identified Wednesday through medical records. She had been dead for several weeks when a squirrel hunter found her remains Sunday near a rural road.

She had been reported missing in September. The cause of death was undetermined, but the case is considered another homicide.

Moore had a history of prostitution, police said. Trespassing and solicitation charges against her were pending when she disappeared.

On Aug. 12, she was summoned to Kent County court to talk about a murder she had witnessed in December. Three young men beat a woman to death over a drug debt. ``They just went off crazy,″ she testified at the time.