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Dead Suspect's Past Might Reveal More Rape Victims

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The women attacked during a series of sexual assaults across San Diego over the past year will never get to come face to face with the man responsible in court. Thirty-nine-year-old Thomas James Parker took his own live inside the downtown jail just days after being arrested. Now San Diego Police are wondering if Parker may have been responsible for other attacks.

The investigation continues into the double life of Parker, who killed himself in jail last week after DNA linked him to a series of home invasion robberies and sexual assaults across the county over the last year.

Six victims were Asian women, but his most recent victim was Christina Hennigan, who spoke with News 8 last week. She says she still gets choked up over the impact this had on Parker's family.

"I felt sick, and then I felt even more sick for his wife and his kids. I mean, to not know," she said.

Police are now digging up his past by focusing on unsolved cases where he used to live, including Oregon, Iowa and Texas.

"His DNA will be uploaded into the national database to see if there are any other cases out there he might match," a police department spokesman said.

Investigators are also submitting Parker's information into the violent crime analysis program - or VI-CAP - which compares his method of operation, description and case facts to other unsolved crimes across the nation.

News 8 arrived at Parker's It's A Grind coffee shop in Little Italy, which is still closed. Some of Parker's family members and employees were seen walking out of the coffee shop with several items, but they refused to answer any questions about the coffee shop and whether it was going to reopen or be sold to another party.

While police also examine the Tierrasanta resident's service with the Navy, they hope their efforts will bring closure to any other victims who may still be out there.

"If there are other agencies out there that have open cases that are related or linked to him that he's responsible for, then they would like to cancel their cases and know that he is no longer a threat," an SDPD spokesman said.

Police say results from the national DNA database and VI-CAP system could take several weeks to get back.

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