Thursday, April 20, 2017

By Cat Keniston

Investigators have identified a fifth woman killed by a pair of California sex offenders whose GPS tracking data helped lead to their arrests, authorities said Thursday.

Anaheim police said they believe 19-year-old Sable Pickett of Compton was abducted and killed by Steven Gordon and Franc Cano on Valentine's Day 2014.

Investigators learned about a fifth victim during the investigation into the 2013 and 2014 killings, but the body of Pickett was not recovered and her identity was unknown until last week.

Police declined to say how they confirmed her identity.

Anaheim Detective Julissa Trapp told the NBC program “Dateline” (http://nbcnews.to/2pynFIV ) that she got Pickett's name from a bail bondsman who was looking for her after she missed a court appearance.

Gordon was convicted of killing four women and sentenced to death. Cano, who pleaded not guilty, has yet to stand trial.

It was not immediately clear if the men would be charged in the death of Picket. The Orange County district attorney's office said it had not yet received reports from police.

Investigators said they pieced together the case against Gordon and Cano after the body of a missing woman was found at an Anaheim recycling plant in 2014. Authorities said tracking devices worn by the men after their sex crime convictions linked them to the woman and the disappearance of three other women with ties to prostitution.

Authorities said Gordon told investigators the men had a fifth victim but they could not immediately identify her.

The men were registered as sex offenders for prior, separate convictions of lewd and lascivious acts with a child.