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Cold case connection?

By Brad Hunter, Toronto Sun

Drew Collins felt the heart-wrenching agony.

Collins is a member of a club founded on tears: his little girl was murdered and cops have not nabbed the killer.

And when he heard the news best friends Liberty German and Abigail Joyce, both 13, were murdered while they hiked in Delphi, Indiana on Feb. 13, he knew the fear and pain.

Could the murder of his daughter and her cousin in 2012 be connected?

“I hope the scenario isn’t that they do it again and get caught. That’s my biggest fear, that they will do it to someone else,” Collins told The Quad-City Iowa Times.

Even cops – unusually tight-lipped – are acknowledging it might be the same killer.

Cousins Lyric Cook, 10, and Elizabeth Collins, 8, were snatched 600 km. away in Evansdale, Iowa, on July 12, 2012. It was the day Drew Collins’ world ended.

The pair vanished en route to their grandma’s house on their bikes. Their defiled bodies were discovered by hunters 40 km. away five months later.

“We’ve been up and down on this for almost five years. I feel a connection to anybody who’s lost a kid,” Collins said in TV interview. “It’s devastating.”

No arrests have been made in the Iowa cold case despite a massive publicity effort by cops and $220,000 reward money.

Indiana detectives searching for the so-called “Snapchat Killer” (gutsy Liberty German snapped photos of the suspected killer on her phone and put them on Snapchat in the minutes before she was murdered) are so far calling the similarities “a coincidence.”

And investigators, still, are not releasing how the girls were murdered or if there was a sexual component to the sickening crime.

“At this time, there has not been a connection made to the 2012 deaths in Iowa. We are still early in our investigation,” Sgt. John Perrine said.

At the time of the Iowa girls’ murders, cops believed the killer was a local but might have changed his appearance after their corpses were found.

For cops in Indiana, the clock is ticking. Every minute moves the murdered girls ever closer to a dusty filing cabinet, public pleas and tears moving on to the latest outrage.

“At this point, we just have to be very careful because we cannot get this wrong. We cannot fail on this case,” Perrine told ABC News. “We have to find the person responsible for murdering Abby and Libby.”

For their friend Arika Gibson, 14, the horror has made her want to be a cop.

“My life is gonna be different,” she said. “This is something we can just never get over.”

 

Thaddeus Jiminez, debate club, Mensa member

If Chicago gangsta Thaddeus Jimenez has a street name it might be Dim Jim.

The Windy City career criminal received a staggering $25 million for a wrongful conviction. He did a 16-year jolt at Joliet for a murder he didn’t commit.

But no one ever said Jimenez was going to cure cancer and now he’s back in the Big House for a crime he did commit. And the story isn’t without a tragic flavouring.

At 13, he was accused of a 1997 gang slaying, tried as an adult and sentenced to a whopping 45 years in jail.

And going to jail at that age no doubt is going to inflict serious damage on a person. He sued the cops and won a big payout.

I know what you’re thinking: even after the lawyers get half, it’s off to to the Caribbean and the easy life. Not our Rhodes Scholar.

Jimenez splashed out on luxury cars and other stupidities too numerous to mention.

And then he got his old gang (the Simon City Royals) back together to terrorize the Irvine Park neighbourhood where he grew up.

“His new family became the gang, reconstructed from his childhood memory,” his lawyer, Steven Greenberg, wrote. “They became his crew – for a price – and gave him the self-esteem he had always craved and had never had.”

Last week, he was convicted of shooting a pal in the knees – and he filmed it, helpfully assisting the prosecution.

 

MOST WANTED

NAME: Gules Roble

AGE: 40

DETAILS: Roble is wanted on a warrant for: Fail To Appear for Prints, Fail To Report, Fail To Comply With Order or Obligation. He is described as 5’11”, 190 lbs., with a shaved head, and brown eyes. He has a scar on his left wrist and forehead, and a birthmark on his neck. He is considered violent.

CONTACT: Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1400.

bhunter@postmedia.com