SUWANEE - Authorities believe an Illinois truck driver may be linked to the January murder of a woman whose body was found in the parking lot of a Suwanee motel.
Investigators with the Suwanee Police Department believe Bruce Mendenhall, 56, who was arrested Thursday and charged with the Nashville, Tenn., murder of 25-year-old Sara Hulbert in June, may be linked to the murder of 43-year-old Debra Ann Glover of Atlanta.
Glover's body was discovered at the Motel 6 at 3103 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road in the motel parking lot between a trailer and a privacy fence Jan. 29, Suwanee Police Department spokesman Clyde Byers said.
Nashville police said Mendenhall confessed to killing Glover and four other people: another Nashville woman; women in Indianapolis and Lake Station, Ind.; and a person in Birmingham, Ala.
Byers said a Nashville police detective recognized Mendenhall's rig at a Nashville, Tenn., truck stop Thursday, and the 56-year-old was then arrested.
Although Byers said he and his investigators do not yet know much more about the Nashville murders and what, other than the confession, evidence police have linking Mendenhall to the Suwanee murder, Byers said investigators will soon find out.
"We don't have a lot of answers and that's frustrating," Byers said. "One of our investigators plans to go there (Nashville, Tenn.) Monday morning and discuss everything with Nashville investigators."
Byers said Suwanee investigators plan to look at Mendenhall's trucking company's directories to see if, in fact, the man was in Suwanee the day Glover was murdered.
"You never can be too careful," Byers said.