Local News in Brief : Deputies Try to Link Slaying, Serial Killer

Sheriff's Department detectives were trying to determine Monday whether the death of a 26-year-old woman whose body was found in Willowbrook is linked to a second wave of prostitute slayings.

The body of Rachelle Walker was found Saturday night dumped in front of a church on Avalon Boulevard and East 122nd Street, less than a block from her parents' home.

Deputy Dan Mosley said homicide detectives have no "firm evidence" yet linking Walker's death to an apparent string of prostitute killings under investigation by Los Angeles police. Authorities say a serial killer may have claimed the lives of as many as a dozen women in the past three years.

In what came to be known as the Southside Slayer case, another 17 women were found strangled in South-Central Los Angeles between 1983 and 1986.

Mosley said he had no information on whether Walker had worked as a prostitute.

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