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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Police Fear Serial Killer Is on the Loose

Police are on the lookout for a serial killer after finding the bodies of four young women -- all naked and strangled -- in northeastern Moscow.

"First he undresses them, then he kills them. There's only one method of killing -- strangling," a police official was quoted by Itar-Tass as saying Wednesday.

It was unclear whether the women had been sexually assaulted.

The fourth victim, a 24-year-old woman, was found Tuesday in her apartment on 22 Inzhenernaya Ulitsa, Itar-Tass reported.

The first victim, a woman in her mid-20s, was found with a gag in her mouth in the Botanical Gardens on July 1.

The other two women were strangled on July 2 and July 4. The body of one, an 18-year-old, was found on the grounds of a kindergarten at 2nd Vladimirskaya Ulitsa, while the other, a 28-year-old, was discovered near railroad tracks at Ulitsa Yablochkova.