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Fort Myers police announced that a fourth victim out of the eight men killed by The Hog Trail Killer has been identified. The cold case unit caught a break by submitting the victims’ DNA for testing by a private DNA lab.

The results came back shortly with a positive identification. Robert Ronald “Bobbie” Soden was named as the fourth man discovered. The remains were found along seven others in a wooded area. Police believe Soden, 30, was murdered by Daniel Conahan, ‘The Hog Trail Killer.’

Conahan tortured, raped, murdered and mutilated his male victims. The killer buried them naked and cut off their penises.

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In 1996, acting on a witness tip, detectives obtained a search warrant for Conahan’s credit cards. His home was searched and evidence linking him to two murders turned up. Today, The Hog Trail Killer sits on death row awaiting execution for his crimes.

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Daniel Conahan ‘The Hog Trail Killer’

It wasn’t made immediately clear by Fort Myers police if Conahan had admitted to killing Soden.

The Cold Case Unit is asking for anyone who may remember Bobbie Soden to contact them at 239-321-8040.

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By Jolene Grace

Jolene Grace was a journalist for ten years, interning for CBS evening news, working as a beat report for Oklahoma Public radio, and eventually transitioning into managing digital content for a radio corporation. Currently, she writes crime fiction full time and blogs for the Crime Room. Jolene is fortunate enough to be able to tell the stories of those who no longer can. She’s passionate to write about cold cases being solved. You can read her blogs on or listen to The Crime Room Podcast wherever in the world you happened to be. Let’s Talk Crime.

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