According to the missing person report filed with Lawton police back in August of 2003, Syllana Edwards ran away from Parker Pointe girls home in Lawton. The home is geared towards young girls who are victims of neglect and abuse. Syllana Edwards was in DHS custody at the time she vanished.
Police state Syllana’s family is based in Texas. She entered Oklahoma DHS custody at the age of five when her mother went to jail. Upon release, the mother made no attempt to contact her daughter or DHS. She moved on with life. Syllana ran away with her cousins, Monica Vasquez aka Candelaria, and Shannon Edwards. Monica has been identified as another victim of the same serial killer. The fate of Shannon Edwards is unknown.
All three girls, though minors, were also in and out of Oklahoma City’s City Rescue Mission and Salvation Army homeless shelters on more than one occasion before they vanished. They were in possession of false identifications and, even though such was reported to local police and staff neither wanted bothered.
New Mexico investigators identified Syllania Edwards and Jamie Barela as the youngest victims of the West Mesa serial killer. Syllania Edwards is believed to the only victim with ties outside of New Mexico. One of the victims was four months pregnant when murdered. All the victims had histories of drug use and prostitution. As of March, 2009, thirteen bodies had been identified. All the victims were reported missing between 2001 and 2005.
Fred Reynolds and Lorenzo Montoya were two of the original suspects in the West Mesa murders. Reynolds, a known pimp and drug dealer, had ties to at least one of the vicitms and countless “revealing” photographs of her and other area prostitutes when first arrested. He died of natural causes in January, 2009, without ever being charged with thses crimes.
Lorenzo Montoya lived less than two miles from the mass grave. In 2006 tire tracks were reported from his desert mobile home to the grave site. In December, 2006, Montoya strangled a teenage prostitute in his mobile home. Her boyfriend shot and killed Montoya.
Police in three states are also investigating a photographer/truck driver from Joplin, Missouri. Ron Erwin made frequent trips to state fairs in Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico. According to his mother, Ron stopped visiting the New Mexico state fair the same time the homicide investigation begun. Federal agents confiscated more than 10,000 photographs from Erwin’s home. Photographs primarily of young women at various state fairs around the country.
Law enforcement now speculate the West Mesa serial homicides may be tied to the Long Island serial homicides.
In December, 2010, convicted serial killer Scott Lee Kimball, Colorado, told inmates and relatives federal agents had grilled him on some of these murders. He denies any knowledge of these particular murders.