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Authorities announce new leads in hunt for Kansas serial rapist

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Authorities believe they have linked a 2015 attempted sex assault to a serial rapist thought to have attacked 13 women from 2000 to 2008 in the Kansas college towns of Manhattan and Lawrence.

At a joint news conference Thursday morning authorities discussed an ongoing investigation into the rapes that terrorized the Kansas State and University of Kansas campuses. 

Kansas police seek help catching rapist who attacks college students

(CNN)Police in Kansas are asking for the public's help in catching a rapist who has assaulted female students from the state's two biggest universities since 2000.

Twelve rapes and one attempted rape occurred between 2000 and 2008 inside residences off the campuses of Kansas State University in Manhattan and the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Brad Schoen, director of the Riley County Police Department, said Thursday at a news conference.

Let's work together to end rape threat

This is a nightmare for Manhattan: There’s a serial rapist on the loose who preys on college women.

We’d urge you not to panic, and to use common sense, and to help if possible.

But let’s do the background first. Remember, if it weren’t for Kansas State University, Manhattan would be nothing more than a wide spot in the road. This is a college town, through and through. Well, it’s actually also an Army town, but it’s not even the main Army town in the region. Life as a second-banana Army town would be pretty limp. So it’s still basically a college town.

Press Release

In March of 2009, then Kansas Attorney General Steve Six announced that multiple incidents of rape committed over the course of eight years in both Manhattan and Lawrence appeared to be connected. These incidents occurred beginning in October of 2000 and ending in December of 2008, and they involved the victimization of 14 women and ultimately two communities, as all those subjected to these crimes were students of either Kansas State University or the University of Kansas.