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The slayings of the Lisk sisters and Sofia Silva

Read the FBI's profile of girls' killer

Evonitz remains top Lisk-Silva suspect
Summary: As authorities study hundreds of pieces of evidence, none of it has eliminated Richard Marc Evonitz as a suspect in the Lisk-Silva killings, authorities say.
Date: July 24, 2002 1:03 am
Category: Local

TV show nets tips on Lisk-Silva case
Summary: Summary not available
Date: July 15, 2002 1:02 am Locality: Regional
Category: Local

Evonitz survivor lashes out at him
Summary: Girl who escaped Richard Marc Evonitz's grasp says she wanted to escape, send him a message.
Date: July 14, 2002 1:02 am Locality: Regional
Category: Local

Evonitz program on today
Summary: Investigators hope tonight's broadcast of "America's Most Wanted" will provide new leads in Evonitz case.
Date: July 13, 2002 1:02 am Locality: Regional
Category: Local

Officials building Evonitz timeline
Summary: Summary not available
Date: July 12, 2002 12:00 am Locality: Regional
Category: Breaking news

Letter from Evonitz surfaces
Summary: Investigators looking at letter, possible photo of suspected serial killer Richard Marc Evonitz.
Date: July 12, 2002 1:02 am Locality: Regional
Category: Local

Lisk-Silva probers to review leads
Summary: Detectives from across the region to meet with Lisk-Silva Task Force to see if suspect Richard Marc Evonitz can be linked to other crimes.
Date: July 11, 2002 1:03 am Locality: Regional
Category: Local

FBI completes some tests in Evonitz case
Summary: Summary not available
Date: July 11, 2002 12:00 am Locality: Regional
Category: Breaking news

'Most Wanted' features Evonitz
Summary: Summary not available
Date: July 10, 2002 12:00 am Locality: Regional
Category: Breaking news

Evonitz results 'trickling in'
Summary: The first evidence has been tested, but authorities aren't ready to say what it means for the unsolved Lisk-Silva killings.
Date: July 10, 2002 1:02 am Locality: Regional
Category: Local

Evonitz held no red flag
Summary: Even knowing Lisk-Silva suspect's criminal history might not have led investigators to him.
Date: July 9, 2002 1:02 am Locality: Regional
Category: Local

Evonitz case likely a top priority for FBI
Summary: FBI Laboratory acts quickly to analyze evidence in high-profile slayings, but doing it properly make take weeks.
Date: July 8, 2002 1:02 am Locality: Regional
Category: Local

As Evonitz's portrait emerges, reasons still elude
Summary: The last days of Richard Marc Evonitz. A portrait slowly emerges of the suspect in the Lisk-Silva slayings.
Date: July 7, 2002 1:03 am Locality: Regional
Category: Local

Gearing up to tell a sad story
Summary: Covering the big story requires restraint, sensitivity.
Date: July 6, 2002 1:01 am Locality: Regional
Category: Local

Evonitz's list grows
Summary: Culpeper family learns that suspected serial killer Richard Marc Evonitz stalked their daughter.
Date: July 6, 2002 1:02 am Locality: Regional
Category: Local

Notes indicate Evonitz stalked Culpeper girls
Summary: Summary not available
Date: July 5, 2002 12:00 am Locality: Regional
Category: Breaking news

Lisk-Silva fears refreshed
Summary: Community hopes Lisk-Silva case has been solved, but pledges to remain on the lookout for predators.
Date: July 5, 2002 1:02 am Locality: Regional
Category: Local

Lisk-Silva timeline
Summary: What happened in the case.
Date: July 5, 2002 1:02 am Locality: Regional
Category: Local

Evonitz off on key dates
Summary: Summary not available
Date: July 4, 2002 1:02 am Locality: Regional
Category: Local

Evonitz: I'm a killer
Summary: Lisk-Silva suspect confessed to being a killer before he took his own life, after futile Florida car chase.
Date: July 3, 2002 5:36 am Locality: Regional
Category: Local

Father of S.C. Evonitz victim urges tougher laws
Summary: Summary not available
Date: July 3, 2002 12:00 am Locality: Regional
Category: Breaking news

A monster's end
Summary: As the shocked former Massaponax neighbors of Evonitz discovered, we had a possible serial killer living in our midst--working here, going to barbecues here, getting into (surprise!) anti-death penalty discussions here.
Date: July 2, 2002 5:10 am Locality: Regional
Category: Opinion:Editorial

Man flashed Florida girl
Summary: Lisk-Silva suspect admitted to uncontrollable sexual urges toward young girls after a 1987 crime, and told police he drove around looking for them.
Date: July 2, 2002 5:11 am Locality: Regional
Category: Local

Spotsylvania authorities urge patience as probe continues
Summary: Spotsylvania officials ask area residents to have patience as they try to link South Carolina suspect to Lisk-Silva slayings.
Date: July 2, 2002 5:11 am Locality: Regional
Category: Local

Lisk-Silva suspect confessed to other crimes: police
Summary: Summary not available
Date: July 2, 2002 12:00 am Locality: Regional
Category: Breaking news

Authorities urge patience as they try to link suspect to slayings
Summary: Summary not available
Date: July 1, 2002 12:00 am Locality: Spotsylvania
Category: Breaking news

1987 report: Suspect had uncontrollable sexual urges toward young girls
Summary: Lisk-Silva suspect admitted that he experienced uncontrollable sexual urges toward young girls.
Date: July 1, 2002 12:00 am Locality: Regional
Category: Breaking news

Neighbors: Man kept to himself
Summary: Keith Raba had cookouts and dinners with Richard Mark Evonitz, never thinking he might be a serial killer.
Date: July 1, 2002 5:14 am Locality: Regional
Category: Local

Suspect stalked others
Summary: Spotsylvania authorities say evidence indicates suspect in Lisk-Silva slayings stalked other girls in Fredericksburg area.
Date: July 1, 2002 5:15 am Locality: Regional
Category: Local

Police find more links to Lisk-Silva
Summary: Investigators find newspaper reports, "meticulous" notes on Lisk-Silva case in suspect's South Carolina home.
Date: June 30, 2002 12:59 am Locality: Spotsylvania
Category: Local

Police probe possible link between dead suspect and Spotsylvania cases
Summary: Lisk-Silva case may have had big break.
Date: June 29, 2002 12:59 am Locality: Spotsylvania
Category: Local

A break in Lisk-Silva?
Summary: Police probe possible link between dead suspect and Spotsylvania case
Date: June 28, 2002 12:00 am Locality: Regional
Category: Breaking news

Local task force authorities en route to Florida
Summary: Suspect in Lisk-Silva murders kills himself in Florida after high-speed chase with police.
Date: June 28, 2002 12:00 am Locality: Regional
Category: Breaking news

Park slaying suspect's DNA no match in Lisk-Silva cases
Summary: FBI DNA comparison shows suspect in hiker slayings is not the Lisk-Silva killer
Date: April 30, 2002 12:58 am Locality: Spotsylvania
Category: Local

No DNA match between slain hikers suspect and three slain girls
Summary: Summary not available
Date: April 29, 2002 12:00 am Locality: Regional
Category: Wire

Slaying suspect has hearing
Summary: Man charged in hiker slayings pleads not guilty.
Date: April 26, 2002 12:57 am Locality: Regional
Category: Local

Search for justice
Summary: Region that suffered multiple slayings of women in 1996 and 1997 yearns for justice.
Date: April 21, 2002 5:26 am Locality: Regional
Category: Local

Mystery slayings get look
Summary: Summary not available
Date: April 12, 2002 1:48 am Locality: Regional
Category: Local

Probing for Lisk-Silva link
Summary: Lisk-Silva task force member travels to Oregon to study abduction of two girls on West Coast.
Date: March 14, 2002 4:51 am Locality: Spotsylvania
Category: Local

Area's unsolved mysteries: Are killings related?
Summary: Summary not available
Date: March 9, 2002 1:36 am Locality: Regional
Category: Features:Town and County

Detective: Grooms verdict 'a relief'
Summary: Cold cases are most difficult to solve, but new technology is helping detectives bring killers to justice.
Date: March 6, 2002 5:01 am Locality: Regional
Category: Local

Suspect under scrutiny
Summary: Prince William suspect is latest focus of the area's Lisk-Silva task force.
Date: January 10, 2002 2:31 am Locality: Spotsylvania
Category: Local

'In God's arms'
Summary: Five years later, Sofia Silva's mother still clings to her lost angel.
Date: September 9, 2001 1:42 am Locality: Spotsylvania
Category: Local

Spotsylvania seeks motorist after girl reports ride offer
Summary: Detectives want to talk to stranger who approached a 12-year-old Spotsylvania County girl after school this week
Date: September 7, 2001 1:41 am Locality: Spotsylvania
Category: Local

Aquia Harbour residents rocked by unsolved slaying, abduction attempt
Summary: Two serious crimes in one day have shaken the sense of security felt at North Stafford's gated community.
Date: May 31, 2001 1:41 am Locality: Stafford
Category: Local

2 labs, 2 cases, 2 goofs
Summary: When Oklahoma City's crime lab came under fire recently for the questionable work of one of its forensic examiners, the head of Virginia's crime lab could empathize.
Date: May 29, 2001 1:40 am Locality: Regional
Category: Local

Lisk-Silva alerts launched
Summary: On the fourth anniversary of the Lisk sisters' disappearance, the Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office kicks off a new missing-child alert system named in their memory.
Date: May 2, 2001 1:40 am Locality: Spotsylvania
Category: Local

FBI continues national search for Lisk-Silva killer
Summary: FBI database compares 400,000 DNA profiles in Lisk-Silva slayings but finds no match. Yet authorities remain hopeful four years after the Lisk girls vanished.
Date: May 1, 2001 1:41 am Locality: Spotsylvania
Category: Local

Missing girls find 'freedom' has its price
Summary: Spotsylvania teens reported missing last week are safely back home. They told authorities they wanted "day of freedom."
Date: April 24, 2001 1:40 am Locality: Spotsylvania
Category: Local

Computer helps police locate missing children
Summary: The Stafford County Sheriff's Office served as a guinea pig for a revolutionary new computer program aimed at bringing home lost children.
Date: April 21, 2001 1:40 am Locality: Stafford
Category: Local

Two Spotsylvania girls missing
Summary: Summary not available
Date: April 21, 2001 1:40 am Locality: Spotsylvania
Category: Local

Patti Lisk, mother of slain Spotsylvania sisters, remains optimistic about case
Summary: Summary not available
Date: April 12, 2001 12:00 am Locality: Locality not avaialble
Category: Category not avaialble

From Monday, May 18, 1998

  • Prince William suspect checked in Lisk-Silva case

    From Thursday, Apr. 30, 1998

    Since their deaths, life hasn't been the same

    From Tuesday, Apr. 28, 1998

    A year later, the hunt continues

    From Thursday, Mar. 19, 1998

    Slayings prompt student safety plan recommendations

    From Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998

    Grandfather of Lisk girls makes plea

    From Monday, Nov. 17, 1997

    A lasting tribute: Garden memorial dedicated to girls

    From Monday, Oct. 13, 1997

    One year later, Silva killer still sought

    From Tuesday, Oct. 7, 1997

    A sweet undertaking for the love of Kristin and Kati Lisk

    From Wednesday, Sept. 24, 1997

    Inmate ruled out as suspect in slayings

    From Monday, Sept. 22, 1997

    Lisk-Silva case dramatized

    From Saturday, Sept. 20, 1997

    Who, me? Man denies killing girls

    From Friday, Sept. 19, 1997

    ŽAmerica's Most Wanted' plans new episode tomorrow

    From Saturday, Sept. 13, 1997

    Police take blood, hair from inmate

    From Friday, Sept. 12, 1997

    Police thank public for fund offerings

    From Wednesday, Sept. 10, 1997

    Sofia Silva remembered a year after disappearance

    From Wednesday, Aug. 20, 1997

    Police seeking help from bus drivers

    From Saturday, Aug. 2, 1997
    County studies after-school options

    From Friday, Aug. 1, 1997

    Tips on slayings increase

    From Thursday, July 31, 1997

    Tests confirm single-killer theory
    Expert: Killer the type who doesn't stand out

    From Wednesday, July 16, 1997

    Lisk, Silva slayings are featured on TV

    From Wednesday, July 2, 1997

    Strangers who kill children

    From Wednesday, June 25, 1997

    Cases aren't typically solved with rewards

    From Monday, June 23, 1997

    Reward grows in slaying cases

    From Wednesday, June 18, 1997

    Test results on slayings delayed

    From Friday, June 13, 1997

    Sheriff defends police work
    Luck can play role in arrest
    Parolees under scrutiny

    From Thursday, June 12, 1997

    Silva-Lisk links grow

    From Wednesday, June 11, 1997

    Police await tests to link Lisk, Silva cases
    FBI laboratory work might reveal if girls were slain by same killer
    Investigators noticed holes in Roush case

    From Tuesday, June 10, 1997

    Error derails Silva case; Police checking for links to Lisk case
    Community torn again by news of girls' deaths
    Ex-FBI expert says links Žjump out at you'

    From Monday, June 9, 1997

    Lisk concert draws crowd

    From Friday, June 6, 1997

    Teen battles rumors in Lisk case

    From Thursday, June 5, 1997

    Lisk leads coming in from all over U.S.

    From Wednesday, June 4, 1997

    Vacant house is searched

    From Thursday, May 29, 1997

    Prosecutor hints at Lisk clues

    From Thursday, May 22, 1997

    Slaying of sisters "has changed everyone"

    From Wednesday, May 21, 1997

    Lisk visits Potomac Mills

    From Monday, May 19, 1997

    Lisk case hot line busy again; Parents talk about loss on TV program
    Seeking a sense of safety; Few attend community meeting in Spotsylvania

    From Friday, May 16, 1997

    Lisk case worst expert has seen
    Police swamped with Neighborhood Watch requests
    Community lifts voices in prayer
    Investigators staying mum on Lisk probe

    From Thursday, May 15, 1997

    Lisks hope fund will honor girls
    Donations accompany sentiments of sorrow
    Residents seeking reassurance

    From Wednesday, May 14, 1997

    Every Lisk lead being pursued; 'America's Most Wanted' returns

    From Tuesday, May 13, 1997

    Police waiting for big break
    Looking for the right white truck


    From Monday, May 12, 1997

    Healing begins for community; Lisks share pain, faith in services
    Investigators sorting through 1,600 tips
    Case update: Helping the Lisks
    Service aims to ease fears of children
    Governor consoles the family


    From Saturday, May 10, 1997

    Telephone tips flooding in; leads, evidence combed for clues
    Violent crime rate has been worse in past
    Rare to find crime against two children
    Somber memorial is held at Germanna


    From Friday, May 9, 1997

    800 phone line set aside for search; FBI adds agents to slaying case
    Update: Reward Funds, America's Most Wanted, 'Love Basket'
    Kristin: A devoted student, friend
    Kati: Sixth-grader was always smiling
    Families of other slain children empathize with Lisks
    Area's proximity to Quantico aids FBI
    Oddity of Lisk case especially disturbing
    A showing of support for Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office


    From Thursday, May 8, 1997

    Sheriff sees progress in hunt for suspects
    Lisks have friends across the community
    Leaning on their faith; Residents rely on prayer to cope with ordeal
    Girls' deaths add to homicide totals
    Country road winds between crime scenes
    Police doing legwork, paperwork
    Children often need special attention in times of tragedy


    From Wednesday, May 7, 1997

    Police seek girls' killer; detectives pursuing leads
    'Please tell me it isn't real'; reports of tragedy send ripples of fear, sorrow
    Police doubt any connection to Silva case
    Girls' tragedy shatters sense of rural safety in neighborhood
    Kati's view of world added touch of hope for calendar


    From Tuesday, May 6, 1997

    Police feel frustrated by lack of clues in girls' disappearance
    Disappearance touches lives throughout area
    Lisks are related to U.S. 29 victim
    Parents taking extra steps to keep eyes on children

    From Monday, May 5, 1997

    Clues sought in girls' case; frustration grows after weekend of combing the area
    Disappearance hits church youths hard; prayers held for missing sisters
    Case sending ripples of fear through area

    From Saturday, May 3, 1997

    Search goes on for girls; Police are mystified, and clues are scarce
    Latchkey kids have to live by rules

    From Friday, May 2, 1997

    Spotsylvania girls missing; sisters disappeared yesterday




    From April 16, 1997

  • Defense gets more time for Silva trial

    From January 27, 1997

  • Two attorneys to represent Silva suspect

    From January 22, 1997

  • Murder suspect is already in jail
  • Couple say accused man kept to himself
  • Landlord wants $30,400 reward

    From January 21, 1997

  • Silva case to grand jury Prosecutor: Fibers link man's van to slain teen

    From January 8, 1997

  • Suspect faces two charges

    From January 7, 1997

  • Charges near in Silva case after lab tests

    From December 5, 1996

  • Man questioned in Silva case

    From December 2, 1996

  • Caught up in case, Sofia Silva's slaying obsesses detectives

    From November 22, 1996

  • Man sought in Silva case; seach warrant issued for neighbor

    From November 12, 1996

  • Special grand jury meets to investigate Sofia Silva's slaying

    From November 7, 1996

  • Tree planted at Courtland High to keep Sofia Silva's memory alive

    From October 30, 1996

  • Police have suspect list; Supervisors offer $5,000 reward

    From October 25, 1996

  • Tremors of tragedy

    From October 21, 1996

  • Crowded church mourns for Sofia

    From October 17, 1996

  • Officials pursue tips, come up empty
  • Community worries that 'nobody's safe'
  • Congregation struggles with senseless act

    From October 16, 1996

  • Tragic ending: Missing girl becomes fourth slaying victim
  • 'A lot of quiet crying'
  • 'There's a hole in my heart'

    From October 15, 1996

  • Decomposed body found in King George

    From October 8, 1996

  • Psychics have tried to help police find girl

    From October 1, 1996

  • Case of missing girl launches Neighborhood Watch program

    From September 18, 1996

  • As rumors swamp police, girl is still missing

    From September 13, 1996

  • Church members pray for safety of missing teen

    From September 12, 1996

  • Searches fail to find missing girl

    From Sept. 11, 1996

  • Spotsylvania girl, 16, last seen on Monday


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