SANTA FE, N.M. — The search for clues about victims of infamous sex-torture convict David Parker Ray has gone international. (View the video below)
The FBI is asking the Australian public for help locating a man they believe may have information about one of Ray’s possible victims.
The man’s name is Mark, and authorities are hoping to get information from him about a woman named Connie.
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Anyone with information about Connie, Mark or any other facet of the David Parker Ray case is asked to call the FBI at 505-889-1300 or send an email to Frank.Fisher@ic.fbi.govView the letter here.
Agents don’t have their last names, but here’s what they do know:
Mark sent a letter to Connie and another woman named Candy in June 1990 from Sydney, Australia. In the letter, Mark mentioned having met the two women at a beach, although investigators do not know which one.
The letter was discovered years later by FBI agents who were searching through Ray’s possessions, bureau spokesman Frank Fisher said Monday.
Also among Ray’s possessions were several journals in which he wrote about women he had abducted, Fisher said. One entry from December 1995 was about a woman named Connie, whom Ray described as white, about 5 feet tall, with long blond hair and a birthmark on her chest. That woman, Ray wrote, was likely born around 1977.
Ray has been dubbed the “Toy-Box Killer.”
He was initially charged with 37 counts involving three women – Cynthia Vigil Jaramillo, a Colorado woman who was tortured in 1996 and another woman. He was convicted in 2001 of kidnapping and torturing the Colorado woman, and he pleaded guilty to kidnapping and raping Jaramillo. The third case was dismissed as part of a plea bargain in which Ray was sentenced to 223 years in prison.
He died in a prison cell in 2002.
Authorities say Ray may have had up to 40 more victims, many of whom could have been murdered. That figure comes from Ray’s own diaries.
Mark wrote in the letter that he had spent time in London in 1988, Canada in 1989 and had worked for the AIDS council of New South Wales in Australia. He also mentioned that he spent time in Paris.
Fisher appeared on the Australian television program “The Project” early Monday after an exhaustive search for Mark by the Australian Federal Police came up empty.
“That’s why the FBI is appealing to the public in Australia, to ask them to help us find Mark,” Fisher said. “It’s a double-pronged approach: If we can reach Mark, maybe he can tell us more about Connie. Maybe she told him about David Parker Ray or his accomplices. We also want to get the word out about Connie. It’s not much, but this is the way this case has been going: we get little piece of information out there are try to get help from the public.”
— This article appeared on page C1 of the Albuquerque Journal