Brianna Denison was a Santa Barbra City college student. She left the California college to visit her home town over winter break. She was sleeping on a friend's sofa near the University of Nevada when she disappeared. Brianna's body was apparently found. She had been raped and then strangled aby someone police believe is a serial rapist in Reno. DNA evidence apparently links Denison's kidnapping to two other attacks on women late last year. An earlier attack may also be related. In the earlier attack, a man raped a woman at gunpoint in a garage where University of Nevada campus police park their squad cars. The earliest victim apparently described the suspect as a white male between ages 28 and 40 and at least 5 feet 6. He has a long face and brown hair. Police opine that the killer's familiarity with the city suggests he likely lives in Reno. The killer probably lives near the campus just north of the downtown casino district or on the northwest side. He may work close to the city's southeast side where the body was found.
A black thong with a Pink Panther emblem was apparently left behind by the serial rapist to taunt police, according to Chief Michael Poehlman. The underwear did not belong to Brianna Denison. The underwear appears to contain the DNA of two people. One of the DNA sample is consistent with the DNA associated with two other sexually motivated crimes.