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Official: Investigators seized computer from Markoff
By Maria Cramer, Globe Staff
Police seized at least one of Philip Markoff's computers when investigators searched his Quincy apartment after his arrest on murder and armed robbery charges for allegedly preying on women he met through Craigslist, according to a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation.
The official, who was not authorized to discuss the case and spoke on the condition of anonymity, did not say what if anything investigators found on the computer.
Police continue to search for other victims who also may have been lured to hotel rooms through Craigslist, but no one has come forward since Markoff's arrest a week ago Monday, the law enforcement official said. Investigators believe that prostitutes and others offering erotic services through the classified ad website may be reluctant to contact police because of their activities.
Last week, investigators posted an item on the "erotic services" section of the website asking, "Were You Robbed After Using Craigslist?" The ad said investigators believed that both women were attacked by a man "targeting female Craigslist advertisers who would be reluctant to report the crimes."
Markoff has pleaded not guilty to murder and armed robbery charges. He is accused of fatally shooting 25-year-old Julissa Brisman at Marriott Copley Place Hotel on April 14 and robbing another woman at gunpoint four days earlier at the Westin Copley Place Hotel.
Authorities in Rhode Island are investigating whether Markoff also was involved in an attempted holdup on April 16 of a prostitute at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Warwick. Investigators have said they found Markoff's fingerprint at the Holiday Inn and have also linked him to text messages sent from there. Markoff, however, has not been charged in Rhode Island.
Markoff's fiancee, Megan McAllister, visited him for the first time Wednesday in jail and "continues to support her fiance," but the couple's August wedding "will not occur," according to her attorney, Robert A. Honecker Jr., who spoke today on "Good Morning America."