2 Men Arrested on Suspicion of Killing 4 O.C. Women

Two men were arrested Friday on suspicion of killing four women, including a woman whose body was found in an Anaheim recycling plant, according to police.

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Stephen Dean Gordon, 45, and Franc Cano, 27, were arrested on April 11, 2014 on suspicion of killing four women. (Credit: Anaheim PD)

Steven Dean Gordon, 45, and Franc Cano, 27, both described as transients who frequented the Anaheim area, were arrested Friday night, Lt. Bob Dunn of the Anaheim Police Department said.

Both men were arrested on E. La Palma Avenue in Anaheim (map), according to a press release from the Anaheim and Santa Ana Police Department’s.

A joint investigation between the Anaheim Police Department and Santa Ana Police Department began after the body of Jarrae Nykkole Estepp, 21, was found in a trash-sorting facility on March 14 in the 1000 block of North Blue Gum Street, near the intersection of the 57 and 91 freeways (map).

Santa Ana police believed the case could have been related to three women who had gone missing in October and November 2013, Dunn said.

The three victims were Kianna Jackson, 20, Josephine Monique Vargas, 34, and Martha Anaya, 28.

“There is a possibility there are more victims, and we are and have been working with many jurisdictions throughout California as well as the rest of the United States,” Dunn told theLATimes. “We need to make sure that our net is wide so we can see if there are any other missing persons that might have ended up in California.”

A news conference about the arrests was scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday, according to the Anaheim Police Department.

Detectives asked that anyone with information about these cases or other missing persons cases contact the Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-847-6227.

Correction: An earlier version of this article spelled Gordon’s first name incorrectly, based on initial information from police that later changed. The article has been updated. 


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