The Lewiston-Clarkston Valley Serial Killer
From the late 1970's into the mid-1980's, disappearances and murders rocked the quaint metropolitan area along Northeastern Washington and Northern Idaho known as the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley. Over the years, suspects have been ruled out, some bodies found while others are still missing... but the biggest question is who is the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley serial killer.
Although they are 4 cases that definitely attributed to this series of killings, a fifth is also widely accepted as being another victim of the killer. The first disappearance occurred in 1979 and the last in 1984. Going forward, we will be outlining each victim and then a few suspects. Despite having so many victims, the case has gone cold although many believe they know who the killer truly is.
Kristina Nelson and Jacqueline Ann "Brandi" Miller
Brandi Miller, 18, and Kristina Nelson, 21, were step sisters who lived about a block apart in Lewiston. Both girls were attending the same local college. Although possibly at different times, both girls had also worked at the Lewiston Civic Theater not too far from where Kristina was living. On September 12, 1984, they had decided to go to the local Safeway grocery store for a few things. Kristina left a note for her boyfriend telling him to let himself in and they would return shortly. Their path to the store would have taken them next to the theater. However, when the had not arrived the next morning, he notified authorities. The girls were missing for almost two years, when a man collecting cans along Highway 3 discovered remains in a ravine. The remains were identified as Brandi Miller and Kristina Nelson. Police believe in this case that the bodies of the two women were originally placed closer to the road but the killer returned and moved them farther away in the hopes that they wouldn't be found.