A small town in the US state of Ohio is gripped by fear after a sixth woman went missing from the community, with four of the women later found dead.
Tiffany Sayre is one of six women to have gone missing in the town of Chillicothe, Ohio, in the past year.
Ms Sayre, whose body was found bound in duct tape and wrapped in a white blanket, was discovered in a drainage pipe.
Charlotte Trego. (Supplied)
Most of the women, some of whom were friends, were drug addicts, and some worked as prostitutes.
Now fears are growing that a serial killer is at large.
Sayre had been missing since midnight on May 11, when she was seen leaving a local hotel where she is believed to have been “on the job” before heading to her grandmother’s house.
Her body was discovered in similar circumstances to those of the other three dead women, which were found dumped in waterways near Chillicothe, which has a population of just 23,000.
The first to go missing was Charlotte Trego, a 27-year-old heroin addict who disappeared on May 3, 2014.
Tameka Lynch. (Supplied)
Ms Trego’s friend, Tameka Lynch, who, like Sayre was a junkie who turned tricks to fund her habit, also vanished on May 3.
Chillingly, while Sayre’s family searched for her body, the body of yet another woman, Timberly Clayton, was found near another creek. She had been shot in the head three times.
Lynch, 30, whose body was found by a kayaker in Paint Creek three weeks later, just outside town, was adjudged by a coroner to have died of a multiple drug overdose.
In November last year 37-year-old Wanda Lemons, a pregnant mother-of-five with a history of drug abuse, also disappeared.
Shasta Himelrick. (Supplied)
Two months later another body, that of 20-year-old Shasta Himelrick, was found in the nearby Scioto River – although the coroner ruled her death as a suicide, her friends are convinced she was murdered.
Now these deaths are being linked to the 2013 disappearance of Megan Lancaster, 26, from Portsmouth, south of Chillicothe.
Wanda Lemons. (Supplied)
“These girls all knew the same people,” her sister-in-law, Kadie Lancaster, told The Huffington Post.
“I think it’s possible these and other cases, as far off as Michigan, are all connected.”
The FBI is now involved in the investigation, which could be widened to include other townships in the area.