Profiler called to help track Sacramento slayings suspect |

Profiler called to help track Sacramento slayings suspect

SACRAMENTO (AP) – Investigators planned to meet with a veteran criminal profiler Wednesday as they struggled to find clues to the whereabouts of a Ukrainian immigrant sought in last week’s slayings of six family members of a Ukrainian immigrant family.

California Department of Justice lead profiler Sharon Pagaling-Hagan earlier this year helped find the man accused of raping and strangling a 12-year-old Sacramento County girl.

”Usually the profilers are called in because they don’t know (who committed the crime),” said Justice Department spokesman Mike Van Winkle. ”In this case, they think they have a suspect.”

Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies have been searching for more than a week for Nikolay Soltys, whom they believe stabbed to death his pregnant wife, 3-year-old son, aunt, uncle and two 9-year-old cousins. About 30 detectives continued going door-to-door in the Ukrainian community near where Soltys is alleged to have committed four of the killings.

Local and federal investigators have fielded about 900 reported sightings from across the nation since Soltys dropped out of sight more than a week ago, without success. Soltys has been named to the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list, with a $120,000 reward for his capture and conviction.

Now they hope Pagaling-Hagan can help them understand Soltys’ actions and potentially help locate him.

”It’s not like television. If they fail as a profiler it’s not like they go on ‘Psychic Hotline,”’ Van Winkle said. ”They don’t try to read anybody’s mind. Their determinations are made from looking at patterns from thousands of cases.”

The department employs three full-time and one part-time profilers, all of whom have been trained FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, and undergone an apprenticeship.

Earlier this year, Pagaling-Hagan predicted the killer who raped and strangled young Courtney Sconce on the banks of the Feather River in Sutter County last fall would be attractive, well-mannered and sociable.

After 20-year-old Justin Michael Weinberger was arrested in her death in July, a lifelong friend described him as a typical suburban youth who played soccer and baseball and had two girlfriends in the past. Weinberger is awaiting trial in the case.

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