Sheriff seeks ties to Centreville murder
Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 31, 2003
CENTREVILLE &045; On Friday, Wilkinson County Sheriff Reginald L. Jackson said his office has contacted Louisiana authorities to investigate the possibility that suspected serial killer Derrick Todd Lee may also be responsible for the Valentine’s night murder of a Centreville woman in 2001.
Mildred Seiber Alexander, 44, was killed after returning home from her job at a Wal-Mart store 35 miles south of Centreville in Zachary, La.
Lee, who authorities say is linked by DNA evidence to the murders of five women in Louisiana, is also suspected in the 1992 murder of Connie Warner and the 1998 disappearance of Randi Mebruer &045; both of Zachary.
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&uot;We have been in contact with the authorities in Louisiana, and we are sharing information with them to see if Derrick Todd Lee can connected to the murder of Mildred Alexander,&uot; Jackson said.
Jackson would not specify which agency his department contacted, but said he first mentioned the Alexander case to Louisiana authorities last August after a reported abduction attempt in Woodville.
Jackson said he contacted Louisiana lawmen again recently after Lee was identified as the prime suspect in the serial killings.
Jackson said Alexander, who lived alone, was last seen around 9 p.m. at the post office in Centreville on Feb. 14, 2001. Her vehicle was discovered on the Cane Creek Road near Centreville that night around 10:30 p.m.
Authorities grew suspicious when they noticed blood on the rear bumper and trunk of her vehicle, and went to her house on Macedonia Road to investigate.
Jackson said blood was found in the carport area of Alexander’s house. A search team with bloodhounds from Louisiana State Penitentiary was called in, and Alexander’s body was found the next day on a logging road approximately 7 miles north of her home.
Jackson said Alexander died of severe head trauma and suffered several lacerations to her face, but no physical evidence of sexual assault was found.
Still, there is evidence yet to be considered in the case.
&uot;A crime scene investigation was conducted by the Mississippi State Crime Lab on the vehicle, the house and the body.
We are still waiting on the results of some DNA testing from the crime lab, which we will share with Louisiana authorities,&uot; Jackson said.
Lee, who lived in St. Francisville, La., is said to have been in Mississippi on at least one occasion in 2001. According to a report published Wednesday in the Enterprise-Journal, McComb police confirmed that Lee was involved in a minor traffic accident in that city on June 13, 2001.
Jackson said the possibility that Lee may have been involved in Alexander’s killing must be explored.
&uot;I want to see this murder solved as bad as anybody.
Unfortunately, it’s one of those crimes where we don’t have an eyewitness. But we are going to continue to cover every base in our investigation,&uot; Jackson said.