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FBI: '200 million pairs of eyes' looking for suspected killer

CNN talks to Don Clark, the FBI agent in charge of the search for Rafael Resendez-Ramirez
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July 11, 1999
Web posted at: 12:41 p.m. EDT (1641 GMT)

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Two-pronged investigation


HOUSTON (CNN) -- The FBI is getting "very beneficial" information from the public as it continues its search for Rafael Resendez-Ramirez, and it has confirmed new details about the suspected railway killer's appearance.

Resendez-Ramirez has been charged with two murders in Illinois and is wanted for questioning in six others -- five in Texas and one in Kentucky. All of the victims were killed in homes near railroad tracks.

Don Clark, the FBI special agent in charge of the investigation, told CNN on Sunday that Resendez-Ramirez has a snake-like tattoo "that appears, from information we have received, to have been covered up by a linear, rectangular-type of an object about an inch and a half in width and about four inches long."

Clark also said Resendez-Ramirez has a scar on his forehead, a scar on his index finger and wears glasses.

Sources have told CNN that Resendez-Ramirez is a suspect in at least 14 other murders throughout the country.

Asked about Resendez-Ramirez' common-law wife, who was secretly flown from Mexico to the United States last week for questioning, Clark said Julieta Dominguez "has had her life turned upside down."

Clark described Dominguez and her family as distraught over the allegations against Resendez-Ramirez, and "she would like to see this come to a halt so her life can regain its normalcy."

Two-pronged investigation

Last month, authorities collected 100 pieces of jewelry, including rings, bracelets, earrings and watches, from the Rodeo, Mexico home where Resendez-Ramirez lives with Dominguez and the couple's 3-month-old daughter.

Investigators are circulating photographs of those items to family members of the victims and police to see if they recognize any of them. Authorities said they don't believe Dominguez knew where the jewelry came from.

Also taken from the couple's home were clothing worn by Resendez-Ramirez, his shoes, and a guitar.

Clark said the FBI is continuing its two-pronged approach of searching for the fugitive while simultaneously investigating the homicides.

Clark said the hope is information stemming from the homicide investigations will lead officials to Resendez-Ramirez' next location before he gets there.

And even though the number of calls coming into the investigation center in Houston has slowed, Clark said information from the public has been very "beneficial."

"Clearly the phone calls have lessened somewhat...but they are still coming in," he said. "We value those calls continuously, because that 200 million pairs of eyes out there are going to be the ones that are going to help us to eventually catch him."

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