Donna Pittinger and Andrea Flenoury disappeared in 2005 about a block apart in the same area of Akron. Both were later found strangled and dumped in waterways a few miles apart.
Pittinger, a mother of three, was found in the Tuscarawas River in Lawrence Township in April, while Flenoury was found in August in a canal off Manchester Road in Akron.
Police from both communities are now comparing notes on the killings.
"Hung out in the same neighborhood," said Akron Police Lieutenant David Whiddon. "They frequented the same dance club, knew some of the same people, so there's definitely some similarities there. We have talked to Lawrence Township and compared notes and have had several discussions with them about the information they've discovered in Donna's investigation and in what we know about Andrea Flenoury's."
Family members don't know if the two women knew each other, but they're united in hoping someone will come forward with information.
"We just want to get the case solved and bring closure to our family," said Duane Flenory, Andrea's father. "And although it won't bring our daughter back, the family needs closure, and we don't want to see this kind of hurt with another family."
"Is her killer still walking the street? Yes and he thinks he got away with it," said Cathy Doerman, Donna's sister. I can tell you that there's no closure. My parents don't want to bury her ashes yet, until her killer's found."
Anyone with information on either woman's death is asked to contact Akron or Lawrence Township Police.