Fourth victim of notorious Southwest Florida serial killer identified

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Fort Myers Police Department confirmed the identity of a victim tied to the infamous Hog Trail Killer case after his remains were found among eight men in 2007.

Robert Ronald “Bobbie” Soden was 31 years old the last time he was seen.

This is a picture of Robert Soden

FMPD Cold Case Unit has been working with Parabon Nanolabs, a private DNA analysis company, to collect DNA from the remains and find a family tree to help identify the probable identity of the victim.

Over the last few years, DNA information from the skeletons was submitted to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification. Families that reported a missing family member submitted DNA samples for examination. Since the discovery three other men were identified, Jonathan Tinhay, Johnathan Blevins and Eric Kohler.

“Robert “Bobbie” Soden is the fourth subject identified, but the investigation will not stop until all eight of the victims are identified and their families are notified,” said the FMPD.

Investigators believe Soden and the other victims found in the wooded area of east Fort Myers 15 years ago were victims of a serial killer that was active in the area during that time. Daniel Conahan, known as the “Hog Trail Killer” was identified as a person of interest during the ongoing investigation.

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Conahan is currently on death row in Florida for a murder he committed in Charlotte County in 1996.

Police are asking for anyone who may remember Bobbie Soden to contact the FMPD Cold Case Unit with any information.

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