New Theories, Still No Suspect in Deadly Attacks

Police probe similarities in three attacks; one left mother and child dead.

ByABC News
September 10, 2008, 12:11 PM

Jan. 28, 2009— -- Thousands of people swarm to the vast and luxurious Town Center Mall every day. But one man who went to the Boca Raton, Fla., shopping center in August 2007 was shopping only for a victim.

The man abducted a woman and her 2-year-old son in their black sport utility vehicle from the mall parking lot. Although the woman and son survived uninjured, she remains terrorized to this day. The woman, who asked to be identified as Jane Doe, worries that the man will hunt her down and kill her to protect his identity.

She's convinced that the same man later murdered another woman and her 7-year-old daughter. That woman, Nancy Bochicchio, was also driving a black SUV, shopping at the same mall and was bound in a similar fashion, according to police. The only difference was that Jane Doe and her son survived, and Bochicchio and her daughter, Joey, did not.

And the worry does not end there. A few months before Jane Doe's abduction, a woman named Randi Gorenberg who, once again, was driving a black SUV and shopping at the same mall, was found killed a few miles away.

Jane Doe's lawyer, Skip Cummings, believes that the same man is responsible for the attack, and that he's on the loose in the area of Florida known as the Gold Coast.

"I believe that this gentleman is a serial killer," he said. "I believe very strongly that he is involved in at least three of these murders -- and who knows how many other ones?"

But the Boca Raton Police Department and Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office detective who are working the cases lack the evidence to know for sure, and they haven't ruled out anything.

"I think these are unique cases," Palm Beach Sheriff's Office Capt. Jack Strenges said. "As far as calling it a serial killer, by definition, I can't commit to that."

Boca Raton Police Capt. Matt Duggan said talk about a serial killer is irresponsible.

"We have no direct forensic links at this point actually linking all three cases," he said. "But we are confident that the August [Jane Doe] and December [Nancy Bochicchio] case occurred by the same individual."