Anaheim, CA -- Although few details have been revealed, Anaheim police announced that they have arrested two registered sex offenders in connection with the murders of four women in Orange County over a period of several months.
The first was Kianna Jackson, a 20-year-old who came to Santa Ana to face prostitution charges in October and disappeared shortly thereafter. Next was Josephine Monique Vargas, 34, who left a family birthday party and did not return. The third was Martha Anaya, 28, who stopped responding to text messages after telling her boyfriend to pick her daughter up from school in November. In mid-march the body of Jarrae Nykkole Estepp, 21, was discovered naked at a recycling facility in Anaheim. Although all four women had a history of prostitution it is unclear if they were targeted for that reason, according to a police spokesman.
The two men accused of killing them, Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, were a pair of sex offenders. Both had been convicted of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14, Cano in 2007 and Gordon in 1992. The two have been linked since 2012, when they are known to have disabled their GPS monitoring devices and fled to Las Vegas. At the time they pleaded guilty and have apparently been under close surveillance ever since, complying with requirements that they check in with Anaheim PD every month.