Dellmus ‘Heavy’ Colvin, 61, aka ‘The Interstate Strangler’ says he killed a woman at a truck stop outside LaSalle County before dumping her naked body round the back of a truck wash in Peru, Illinois
Speaking from jail in Ohio, the prolific murderer confessed to one more murder on the ‘Where the Bodies are Buried’ podcast, last week
A search of the mow abandoned truck wash on Wednesday, uncovered two small pieces of bone at the site, suspected to be human remains, that is awaiting test confirmation
Colvin is currently in prison serving two life sentences in Ohio after he admitted to the murders of seven women
The serial killer stalked America’s highways while working as a trucker, luring sex workers before strangling them and deliberately dumping their bodies and personal across state lines
He claims he killed up to 52 women in multiple states between 1983 and 2005
Colvin said he began killing around the age of 24 and lost count of the number of victims, but boasted that in his ‘best year’ he killed three
After his first murder was of a hitchhiker in New Jersey, he ‘slept great,’ Colvin boasts
Colvin admits his motive for killing was ‘pure pleasure’
Dellmus ‘Heavy’ Colvin claimed last week on the ‘Where the Bodies are Buried’ podcast that he killed a woman at a truck stop along Interstate 80 outside LaSalle County before dumping her naked body round the back of a now-closed truck wash in Peru, Illinois. The serial killer estimates he’s killed between 47 and 52 women in a spree spanning two decades.
‘Heavy’ Colvin, 61, aka the ‘Interstate Strangler’ – who operated along the nation’s highways murdering up to 52 women in a two decade-long killing spree, last week admitted to another murder he committed 15 years ago, leading cops to find suspected human bones in Illinois.
In an interview on the ‘Where the Bodies are Buried’ podcast last week, Colvin claimed that he killed a woman at a truck stop along Interstate 80 outside LaSalle County before dumping her naked body round the back of a now-closed truck wash in Peru.
A search on August 2, uncovered two small pieces of bone at the alleged burial site which are now being analyzed by forensics to determine if they are human, authorities said.
Colvin, a self-confessed psychopath who bragged that he ‘slept great’ after his first murder, is currently serving two life sentences in Ohio after admitting to the murders of seven women.
Dellmus “Heavy” Colvin – “The Interstate Strangler” calmly discusses killing his victims on where the bodies are buried
Working as a trucker, provided a perfect cover for the serial killer who stalked America’s highways, luring sex workers into his truck cab before strangling them and dumping their bodies in other states.
He claims to have killed up to 52 women across multiple states between 1983 and 2005.
Wednesday, cadaver dogs, investigators and crime scene technicians searched the site of the abandoned truck wash in Peru, Illinois where the killer said he dumped the victim’s body.
LaSalle County Sheriff Tom Templeton said evidence, including two small pieces of bone, was found at the site and sent to a forensic investigator for analysis.
According to Sheriff Templeton the search was temporarily suspended because the cadaver dogs were struggling in the extreme heat, but it resumes next week.
However Templeton cautioned that ‘animal activity’ in the area and the length of time since the body was allegedly dumped at the site means it may be unlikely any more evidence is found.
Although Colvin confirmed the same version of events to investigators after the podcast to investigators the identity of the victim is not known and there are no missing persons cases that match Colvin’s version of events, authorities said.
Colvin says he never knew the names of any of his victims before he murdered them, Colvin said. He preyed on drug addicts and sex workers who lived transient lifestyles and were often not reported missing. This particular victim he said, worked as a prostitute outside the truck stop.
In the August 26 podcast, Colvin told Florida criminal profiler Phil Chalmers that in 2004 or 2005, he was driving along Interstate 80 and stopped at the Flying J Travel Center outside LaSalle..
The woman – white with ‘dishwater blonde’ hair which was combed over her blackened right eye, then knocked on the door of his truck.
‘Someone dotted that eye,’ the killer jeered. ‘It wasn’t me.’
‘I said, ‘Beat it. Get the f** out of here,’ he continues.
The woman left, but then came back again a few minutes later. After buying a few log books from the store, he returned to his truck and let the woman into the sleeper area of his truck, Colvin said.
He said he strangled her there and then drove her body to the truck wash on May Road.
‘The road is deserted. No one comes down there, it’s dark and it’s scary,’ the killer said with a laugh.
‘I pulled all the way in the back. The weeds are so high, and I just remember picking [the body] up on my shoulder and into the woods I go.’
He said he then dragged her naked body 30 to 40 feet into a wooded area behind the truck wash and dumped her there.
He took her clothing – a t-shirt with a cartoon character like Garfield or Tweety bird on and sweat pants – with him to Council Bluffs, Iowa, and dumped it there.
The remains of this particular victim would be one of the easiest to find of his victim, Colvin said.
Colvin made his latest confession in a phone call from Lebanon Correctional Institution in Ohio where he is serving two life sentences since his 2006 conviction, he speaks also spoke about some of his other crimes but steered away from slayings that occurred in states carrying the death penalty.
Pressed on how many states were killing grounds in his travels he committed murders in as he traveled across state lines as a trucker, Colvin simply said: ‘Quite a few. Quite a few.’
The killer, who said he has contracted COVID-19 while in jail for the murders of Jackie Simpson, 33, and Melissa Weber, 37, who he murdered in Toledo in 2003.
He later plead guilty to killing four other women in Ohio and one in New Jersey.
Between 1983 and 2005, Colvin drove coast to coast across America prowling the highways for vulnerable women.Dubbed ‘The Interstate Strangler’, the long-haul trucker, drug dealer, and truck-stop pimp, would pick up prostitutes from truck stops and highways and strangle them in the cab of his truck.
He then wrapped their heads in plastic bags and duct tape because ‘the last thing you want is someone popping up while you’re going down the interstate about 70 or 80 mph.’
He then dumped the victim’s bodies in rural, wooded areas.
He would often kill his victims in one state, dump their bodies in another and get rid of their clothing in a third.
After claiming his first victim at the age of 24, he’d lost count of the number of victims, but boasted that in his ‘best year’ he killed three.
‘I never counted,’ Colvin said on the podcast. ‘I averaged one to two a year. My best year, I did three. Calculate that, it comes to between 47 to 52.’
Colvin confessed to the murder on the ‘Where the Bodies are Buried’ podcast where he also boasted he ‘slept great’ after his first kill and claimed his motive was ‘pure pleasure’
The true number of victims and extent of his crimes may never be known, but he has claimed his first murder was of a hitchhiker in New Jersey.
He told Chalmers she ‘gave him lip’ so he strangled her and her body ‘ended up in Pomona, in the woods.’
He boasted that he ‘slept great’ after his first kill and laughed off the idea that looking into a person’s eyes as you killed them would ‘haunt you forever’.
‘That’s a damn myth. I know that for a fact. I slept great that night,’ the killer bragged.
He added that his motive was ‘pure pleasure’ from the kill.
‘They’re fighting for their lives and I’m fighting for my plea… it’s pleasure,’ he said.
Dubbed ‘The Interstate Strangler’, the long-haul trucker, drug dealer, and truck-stop pimp, would pick up prostitutes from truck stops and highways and strangle them in the cab of his truck. Colvin in court in 2006.
Luck ran out on Colvin when his DNA was collected in 2004 in connection with the sexual assault of one woman who managed to escape.
His DNA matched the sample later found under Weber’s fingernails and also tied him to Jackie Simpson’s murder and a 1998 sexual assault.
In September 2006, Colvin plead guilty to the murders of Jackie Simpson, Melissa Weber, Valerie Jones, Jacquelynn Thomas and Lily Summers.
One month later, he admitted to murdering Dorothea Wetzel.
In 2010, he pleaded guilty to the murder of Donna Lee White, 27, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.