A suspected serial killer was arrested in Aldergrove for the murder of two Fraser Valley sex workers, RCMP said yesterday, as they looked for connections with other unsolved homicides in Metro Vancouver.
Davey Mato Butorac, 29, was arrested Friday for two counts of second-degree murder in last year’s deaths of Gwendolyn Jo Lawton, 46, of Abbotsford and Sheryl Lynn Koroll, 50, of Langley.
Butorac, who lived in an Aldergrove townhouse with his father, made an initial court appearance in Surrey court yesterday.
Lawton’s body was discovered by city employees in Abbotsford on the side of a gravel road on Mar. 13. Koroll was found in an industrial area of Langley City on July 7.
Cpl. Dale Carr, spokesman for the RCMP’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, confirmed that both slain women were sex workers.
During the Koroll homicide investigation, officers were led, by evidence, to a residence. There they took DNA samples from Butorac’s house and car.
However in a twist that tied the two cases together, preliminary lab results identified some of the forensic evidence as belonging to Lawton.
Investigators immediately set up surveillance on Butorac and arrested him on Dec. 29 in Langley. He was released the next day because of a lack of evidence.
On Jan. 4 investigators received additional forensic information and arrested Butorac.
Investigators are looking for his possible involvement in unsolved homicides in the Fraser Valley and Metro Vancouver areas.