ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - There's a nationwide search for more victims of an accused serial killer – who may have killed women right here in New Mexico.
Detectives are dusting off cold case files around the country to link 72-year-old Samuel Little to other crimes.
Records show he was here in New Mexico a few years after those murders and as recently as two years ago.
Now, APD and BCSO detectives may be taking a second look at what he did during his time here.
Little is now in custody with LAPD after DNA evidence linked him to the murder of three women in Los Angeles in the late 1980s. He's also accused of two murders and two attempted murders in Mississippi and Florida.
Cold case murder detectives say he was a thief by day, murderer by night - sexually attacking women and strangling them.
LAPD linked Little to three murders in the late 1980s and now they're looking through many more cold case files to find more victims.
Los Angeles detectives are coming through cold case murders through the early 1990s for matches – and they're urging departments across the country to do the same.
Little has a rap sheet spanning 24 states – including New Mexico.
In 1992, he was arrested at 300 Menaul NW in Albuquerque – then the site of a Kmart - for shoplifting.
He didn't show up in court the following week and a decade later, a judge at Metro Court dismissed the charges.
As recently as two years ago, Little was accused of shoplifting in Hobbs - and then he again failed to appear in court.
The Metro Crime lab shared by APD and BCSO will be running Little's DNA to see if there are any matches to cold cases in New Mexico.
All told, his criminal record spans more than 56 years – but so far, he's only spent about 10 years in prison.
He's currently awaiting trial on the triple-murder charges in California. He'll be eligible for the death penalty.
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