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Another Death Linked To Suspected Interstate Serial Killer

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro police have tied suspected interstate serial killer Bruce Mendenhall to another victim.

The Indiana truck driver has already implicated himself in a half dozen murders.

Investigators suspect him of several others including the death of another woman in Nashville.

Metro detectives can thank DNA.

Police found the woman's blood and DNA in his truck.

Lois Lamb hasn't seen her granddaughter in 17 months.

"My granddaughter was a prostitute," she said.

But a grandmother's love is unconditional.

"You know, because there are so many who say, ‘Oh, she was just a prostitute.' She wasn't just a prostitute. She was my granddaughter," she said.

Latisha Milliken disappeared from the streets of Nashville in March 2007.

When police arrested Bruce Mendenhall last summer for killing prostitutes they took several samples of blood from his truck.

Now, a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation report said Milliken's DNA was in the truck. The DNA came from blood on the upholstery of the driver's seat back.

"The DNA wouldn't have been there if she hadn't been there," she said.

Milliken is still missing so police had to build her DNA profile using samples from her 5-year-old son and her mother.

They also extracted her DNA from envelopes she licked and sealed and sent to her grandmother.

Now, her family is pretty convinced Mendenhall is the killer.

Lamb said she'd love to sit across the table from and look him in the eye.

"I'd ask him, ‘Did you kill my granddaughter? And if you did, where's she at?'" she said. "And God, God be with you."

With the addition of Milliken, police said they've tied Mendenhall to seven murders in four states.

Police said Mendenhall implicated himself in six of the murders during an interview after his arrest.

Investigators have not been able to talk to him about Milliken. Mendenhall has lawyers and apparently he's not talking.   

Mendenhall has only been charged with four murders.

He is scheduled to go to trial for the murder of Sara Hulbert in January
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