Neal Falls set up a meeting with an online escort service and met his date with death. The victim only known as “Heather” answered her door before seeing Falls’ gun in his hand but knew his intentions as he said, “Live or die?” Falls grabbed his escort from behind as she reached for a rake to defend herself. The West Virginia woman wrestled with him and when he laid down the gun to grab the rake from her hand, she picked up the gun and shot behind her, killing him.
On July 27, 2015, Ross County Sheriff Deputy, T.J. Hollis said a team has been sent to Charleston to investigate information on Neal Falls. The officers want to find out if he is the killer of 4 women in the Ross-Highland County areas in southern Ohio and responsible for the disappearance of two other missing women from Chillicothe, Ohio.
Law enforcement officials have not been able to establish a link to Neal Falls yet, but Officer Hollis confirmed with The Chillicothe Gazette that detectives were sent to Charleston, about 115 miles southeast of Chillicothe to find any clues that might help. Nevada and Illinois police have joined in the investigations to find any possible connections to other missing or dead women from their areas.
Falls became a prime suspect after the police found a “kill kit” in the trunk of his car after he was killed by his victim. Inside the trunk of Falls’ vehicle were found handcuff, axes, knives, guns, a sledgehammer, a machete, a bulletproof vest, shovels, bleach and other cleaning supplies. Lt. Steve Cooper, chief of detectives for Charleston police, told NBC Charleston that authorities issued a nationwide alert because “based on the items this man had in his possession, it’s hard to imagine this was only going to be a one-time event for him.”
Finding a connection that might link Neal Falls to other cold cases would be great in finding closure for families of other cold case victims. Neal Falls was able to stay under the radar, due to no past criminal record; however, he has been connected to the purchase of a hand gun near where another victim showed up dead alongside a highway in 2005.
About a decade ago, Falls lived in Henderson, Nevada, near Las Vegas, the same time that three women police describe as prostitutes were killed and found dismembered and another woman remains missing.
Nevada police are working with Charleston and think Falls may be the connection to several of the women:
- August 2003, Jodi Marie Brewer, 19, disappeared from Las Vegas. Brewer’s body was wrapped in plastic and found later that month near Interstate 15 in San Bernardino County, California, which is south of the Nevada border.
- May 2005, Lindsay Marie Harris, 21, disappeared from Henderson, Nevada, and her legs were found near Interstate 55 south of Springfield, Illinois, three weeks later.
- May 2005, Misty Marie Saens, 25, disappeared from Las Vegas and part of her remains were found in the desert on a road leading to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area near Las Vegas.
- March 2006, Jessica Edith Foster, 21, was last seen March 28, 2006, at her home in North Las Vegas and is still missing.
Police in Chillicothe, Ohio, told NBC Cleveland that they are looking into a connection between Falls and six women who went missing in Ohio, all were young, suffering from drug addiction and they knew one another from rehab and some may have been prostitutes. Four of the women have been found dead in creeks or rural areas in Ross County and one over the county line in Highland County, while two other women remain missing.