Produced by Lourdes Aguiar, Alec Sirken, Jenna Jackson and Chris O’Connell
[This story originally aired on Oct. 22, 2011. It was updated on July 7, 2012.]
Since the 1970s, over 30 young women and girls have disappeared or been found murdered in the 50-mile desolate area between Houston and Galveston – a stretch of land that some call a highway of hell.
“This bridge up ahead had a sign on it when you came out in this direction…it said, ‘You are now entering the cruel world,'” federal agent Don Ferrarone pointed out as he drove along Interstate 45 with “48 Hours Mystery” correspondent Erin Moriarty. “And it’s just, you know, it’s just a perfect place [for] killing somebody and getting away with it.”
“If you can just imagine having one of these little girls out here…one of these young girls out here…and there’s no chance for them to be rescued, to