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The Hogg Trail Killer

In 1994, three young men were found murdered in Charlotte and Lee counties in Florida. Believed to be victims of a serial killer. Police believed they were lured into the woods and forced to get naked. They were then tied up, strangled, photographed and their genitals cut off. They were found on Trembly Avenue and Willow Drive in northern Charlotte County. All were about one-half mile from each other.

On April 17, 1996, a man’s skull was found in Charlotte County Police searched the surrounding woods and found the rest of the man as well as a second body. The second was a man who had been raped, murdered and mutilated only the day before, and was identified as Richard Allen Montgomery. The first body was later identified as Kenneth Lee Smith. The A sixth body was identified as 21-year-old Richard Allen Montgomery. 

In May 1996, a few witnesses directed police to Daniel O. Conahan. One witness told the story about being in Conahan’s car and was abe to escape when the car got stuck driving down a dirt road. Another man, Stanley Burden told the story of being propositioned by Conahan. He was tied to a tree and strangled but survived.

Daniel O. Conahan

Police found evidence linking Conahan to Burden and Richard Montgomery. Authorities named Daniel O. Conahan as a suspect in these serial killings. He was arrested in 1996.

While Conahan awaited trial, another skeleton was found in Charlotte County on May 22, 1997. The remains were William Charles Patten who had disappeared in 1993. Several more bodies were discovered in the Charlotte County area with similarities to the Hog Trail Killings: one in 2000, two in 2001, and one in 2002.  On March 23, 2007, eight skulls and skeletal remains were found in a wooded area in Fort Myers.

It was later found that Conahan was paying the young men to pose naked and be tied to a tree.

Just recently, investigators identified Gerald Lombard aka as John Doe #1 as one possible victim of this serial killer based on DNA from remains found in 1994.

Conahan was 42 at the time of his arrest. He was later tried and convicted for the murder of Montgomery and sentenced to death. He remains on death row at Union Correctional Institution in Raiford.

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