Police claim they have matched Walter E. Ellis with DNA found on the bodies of nine women killed from 1986 to 2007. According to Police Chief Edward A. Flynn, "continuing advances in DNA technology have enabled us to link these homicide cases, and it was good work pursuing numerous leads that led to the arrest of the suspect."
Police searched the state DNA data bank of 125,000 people and a national data bank of 6 million people. Cops Get DNA . After executing a search warrant on Ellis home, he is charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide according to Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm. More charges are likely to follow. Eight of the women were apparently prostitutes. One was a runaway allegedly "involved in the drug trade."