North Florida woman’s 1993 disappearance linked to serial killer

Published: Feb. 15, 2019 at 11:26 AM EST
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By: Richie Pergolizzi | WCTV Eyewitness News

February 15, 2019

PERRY, Fla. (WCTV) – Serial killer Samuel Little told investigators with the Perry Police Department that he is responsible for the 1993 murder of 19-year-old Ruby Lane.

Little informed authorities last November, 25 years after Lane disappeared from Perry. Her remains were found in 2000 in Madison County and identified in 2014.

The community never stopped wanting answers.

"Somebody's family wants to know and somebody's family wants justice. And us as a community wants justice too for everybody," said one resident.

Now, after interviewing Little in Texas, investigators are confident they have those answers and that Little's telling the truth due to his intimate knowledge of the crime.

Residents also say that they remember Little being in Perry at the time of Lane's disappearance.

Perry Chief of Police Jamie Cruse, who was not available for an on-camera interview, did say that the Ruby Lane case will be taken to a Taylor County grand jury in the next couple of months.

As for the possibility that any more current cold cases in Florida could be attributed to Little, F.D.L.E. Spokeswoman Jessica Cary said, "We are working with local law enforcement to provide investigative assistance as they review cold cases."

By: WCTV Eyewitness News

February 15, 2019

PERRY, Fla. (WCTV) – Authorities say they’ve connected the disappearance of a woman in Taylor County in 1993 to a


Perry Police Chief Jamie Cruse says 78-year-old Samuel Little has admitted to killing 19-year-old Ruby Lane of Perry.

“We’re very positive that he’s responsible,” said Cruse. “He knew details about where the body was discovered and the clothing she was wearing, showing he had intimate knowledge of the crime.”

Perry detectives traveled to interview Little after Texas Rangers reached out. Investigators noticed similarities between the Ruby Lane disappearance and other missing persons cases tied to Little.

The police chief says the case will be taken to a Taylor County grand jury in the next couple months to seek an indictment against Little.

Ruby Lane disappeared from Perry in 1993. A missing person case was opened, but classified as cold about a year later, according to the police chief. Foul play was suspected, and the case was occasionally reviewed, but there were no leads.

In 2010, skeletal remains were found in neighboring Madison County. DNA testing later confirmed they were those of Ruby Lane.

Witnesses say they remember Samuel Little being in the Perry area at the time of Lane’s disappearance.

across the country dating back to at least the 1970s. He’s been convicted of three murders of women in Los Angeles in the 1980s.

Investigators say he traveled around the country and had victims from New Jersey to Florida, across the Midwest and in Arizona, Nevada and California.

He was brought to Texas to face charges for a cold case in Odessa.

The 78-year-old remains in custody there. He is in poor health and will likely remain there until his death, the FBI says.

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