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BTK Serial Killer Puzzle Reveals Name of Missing Girl in Unsolved Case: Police

A newly discovered word puzzle, written by notorious serial killer Dennis Rader, known as BTK, spells the name of a missing Oklahoma girl and the location where she was last seen , authorities said.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office received the annotated puzzle in a package last month, Sheriff Eddie Virden told KFOR, highlighting comments that may be linked to the disappearance of 16-year-old cheerleader Cynthia “Cindy” Dawn Kinney. She was last seen in June 1976, leaving the laundromat owned by her family in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.

Rader originally sent the puzzle to a Kansas news station in 2004. It has since been published elsewhere, including on a website. site dedicated to Zodiac Killer numberswith different “solutions”.

A word puzzle created by notorious serial killer BTK spells out the name and other details about missing Oklahoma girl Cynthia Kinney, as well as the names of 10 of her known murder victims.A word puzzle created by notorious serial killer BTK spells out the name and other details about missing Oklahoma girl Cynthia Kinney, as well as the names of 10 of her known murder victims.

A word puzzle created by notorious serial killer BTK spells out the name and other details about missing Oklahoma girl Cynthia Kinney, as well as the names of 10 of her known murder victims. Osage County Sheriff’s Office

The new puzzle, marked with red pen, follows the directions of a “pathfinding” puzzle: letters connected by crisscrossing lines. The puzzle had previously been interpreted as a simpler word-finding tool, solved by circling consecutive letters.

The woman who sent the package, and wishes to remain anonymous, told the sheriff in a letter not to “consider this a headache.”

“Think of the puzzle as a map Rader created to plot his victims,” she wrote, according to KFOR.

Last August, sheriff’s officials named Rader as the prime suspect in Kinney’s disappearance and dug up the property where her family once lived in Park City, Kansas. They believe his job as a security systems installer at the time and one of his journal entries could place him at the scene where she disappeared, the sheriff said in a news release.

“This journal entry alludes to a significant event marked as ‘PJ-Bad Wash Day’ during a period in which Rader admitted to being outside the Wichita area,” the press release states, noting that “PJ” is Rader’s abbreviation for “project”. a word he used for his potential victims.

The words that can be found in the newly interpreted puzzle are Cindy, Kinney, Osage, Laundry Mat, Pawhuska and Kihekah. The name of the Kinney family laundromat was Osage Laundry and it was located on Kihekah Avenue in Pawhuska.

The names of BTK’s 10 known murder victims and his Kansas home address are also in the puzzle, KFOR said.

The sheriff’s office did not respond to a request for comment from HuffPost regarding the new puzzle solution.

In September, the sheriff announced the creation of a BTK task force, which includes, in addition to members of law enforcement, a number of high-profile crime figures, such as Nancy Grace and Paul Holes. Writer Kerri Rawson, Rader’s daughter, was an early member of the task force and spoke about meeting her father in prison last summer for the first time since his conviction, but announced his resignation in November. She continues to work with law enforcement in her role as a protected witness, she said.

Writer Kerri Rawson, Dennis Rader's daughter, was one of the original members of a task force formed to search for evidence of other potential victims.Writer Kerri Rawson, Dennis Rader's daughter, was one of the original members of a task force formed to search for evidence of other potential victims.

Writer Kerri Rawson, Dennis Rader’s daughter, was one of the original members of a task force formed to search for evidence on other potential victims. Travis Heying/Wichita Eagle/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Rawson, a staunch advocate for victims of crime, spoke about her father’s conundrums in a post onformerly Twitter, on Wednesday, saying she was aware of “recent developments” but that the unexpected media coverage had caused her to relive past trauma.

“(Twenty) years ago this month, my father created a word search puzzle and dropped it in the mailbox, then sent it to the local TV news, before driving with my mother and my brother to visit me in Michigan. It had been 9 months since I last saw my family and it was our last vacation. It was arrested 9 months later, and shortly after that I sat down with this word search for the first time. Quickly find my own address,” Rawson said.

Rawson said he was not told the new details of the case would be shared with the media.

“And then came the PTSD,” she said. “Anything unexpected can and will send it flying.”

Rader, now 79, is currently serving 10 consecutive life sentences for the murders of 10 people between 1974 and 1991.

Cynthia Dawn Kinney disappeared in 1976.Cynthia Dawn Kinney disappeared in 1976.

Cynthia Dawn Kinney disappeared in 1976. Osage County Sheriff’s Office

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