FBI launches task force for "Gypsy Hill Murders"

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — The FBI says it is launching a task force to reexamine a series of unsolved murders that happened south of San Francisco in 1976 that agents think might be linked to a similar murder in Nevada.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Gerald Bessette said Thursday that the task force would be looking at ties between the slayings of five women in San Mateo County dubbed the "Gypsy Hill Murders" with the murder of Michelle Mitchell, a University of Nevada-Reno nursing student who also was killed in 1976.

Bessette would not elaborate on why the FBI thinks the crimes may be related.

FBI spokesman Peter Lee says law enforcement officials think the same individual is may be responsible for the killings.

Lee says all of the victims were college-aged women and that many had experienced car problems before they disappeared.

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