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EAST COAST RAPIST

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JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN, Associated Press

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ An investigator says a campaign to catch the so-called East Coast Rapist by using electronic billboards and a web page is generating “very interesting leads.”

The man is believed responsible for rapes and other attacks on 17 women since 1997. Billboards featuring sketches of the suspect are running where attacks occurred in Virginia, Connecticut, Maryland and Rhode Island and in neighboring states.

Police set up a web site about the case at eastcoastrapist.com.

Detective John Kelly in Fairfax County, Virginia, says investigators are pursuing “some very interesting leads.” He says the web site generated 44,000 hits in 12 hours after it was launched last week.

Kelly, who says an arrest is not imminent, called the case unusual because it involves many high-risk outdoor attacks over many years and jurisdictions.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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