Truck found in Nebraska may have ties to accused New Albany killer


by Bryan Baker

Posted on August 8, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 9 at 3:44 AM

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11) -- The months-long investigation into suspected New Albany serial killer William Clyde Gibson III continued Wednesday, when the Stanton County, Nebraska, Sheriff's Office announced a pickup truck linked to Gibson could have been used in two murders.

The truck, which authorities said was stolen by Gibson from a Louisville car dealership in 2002, could have been used to dump the body of Florida hairdresser Karen Hodella in Clarksville near the Ohio River in 2003 as well as been involved with the killing of an unidentified man, according to Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger.

New Albany Police, which is leading the investigation, did not confirm those details other than to say crime scene evidence technicians from New Albany and the Floyd County Sheriff's Office traveled to Nebraska to help their authorities process the truck.

Sheriff Unger said evidence technicians generally search for blood and DNA, though he said he was unsure what may have been gathered from the truck. Unger said evidence will likely be sent to the state crime lab in Indiana.

The truck was located by New Albany police during a nationwide search after a six-week investigation with Stanton County. Local police had the truck's vehicle identification number, did a title search, and tracked it to Nebraska. Gibson has had past auto theft charges on his record.

The truck has had several owners from the Midwest in the past decade, said authorities, and that the current owners bought it from an out-of-state dealer a few years ago. The current owners had no knowledge of the situation.

Gibson is facing capital murder charges and is awaiting trial for the deaths of Hodella, who he allegedly killed in 2002, his mother's best friend Christine Whitis, found mutilated and dead in his New Albany garage in April, and Stephanie Kirk, who was last seen on March 25 after going to meet a man at a bar before she was found buried in Gibson's backyard.

Police have scoured several other areas for connections to Gibson, such as the Ohio River, Gibson's former home in Starlight, Indiana, and Bloomington, Indiana but have not uncovered anything more.

WHAS11 spoke to Gibson's ex-girlfriend for the first time as she gave insight into his past. Kelly Bailey dated Gibson for about a year between 1999-2000. She says she stopped talking to him in 2001 when he attacked her while she was delivering newspapers in New Albany.

To hear Kelly's comments, click on the video player.