Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

The Murder of Brianna Denison

The Suspect's Vehicle

The December victim told Detective Jenkins that the vehicle into which she had been forced was a late-model pickup truck with an extended cab. It had reclining bucket seats, gray or black upholstery and carpeting, a narrow raised center console with a hinged lid between the seats, and adjustable headrests. The truck had an automatic transmission, and the victim had noticed that the interior cab lights were located above the rear-view mirror. It also required a big step up to get inside.

Police sketch of the suspect
Police sketch of the suspect
Jenkins took the vehicle's description to a number of local automotive collision repair businesses and discovered that a number of Toyota Tacoma four-wheel-drive pickups made between 2001 and 2006 matched the description.

After additional interviews with the victims of the previous attacks, the Reno Police Department revised their suspect's description. He was now believed to be in his early 20s to mid-30s, and the skin of his abdomen, groin and upper legs was noticeably lighter than that of his hands and forearms. He wore a mustache and a goatee, with a gap where there was no hair between the ends of the mustache and the top of the goatee. His groin was also described as being without hair, as if hair-removal cream or some similar process of hair removal had been used.

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