'Vampire trucker,' arrested for child porn, has Texas ties

'Vampire trucker,' arrested for child porn, has Texas ties

Credit: Sanford Police Department

"Vampire trucker" Timothy Jay Vafeades

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by Hannah Lilly, WLBZ

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Posted on June 11, 2014 at 10:20 AM

PORTLAND, Maine -- The FBI continue to investigate a man known as the "Vampire Trucker," who authorities say has traveled to Texas.

Timothy Jay Vafeades was arrested in November and indicted in March on multiple charges of kidnapping, transportation for illegal sexual activity, transportation of child pornography, and possession of child pornography.

According to authorities, Vafeades was holding his 19-year-old daughter captive in his truck for over six months, repeatedly sexually and physically abusing her. He had been living in and driving his truck around the country for years, and additional victims have been identified since his arrest.

Vafeades targets victims using intimidation, brutality, and appearance-altering techniques. He has utilized dental inserts to appear to have vampire-like fangs, and has filed the teeth of some of his victims as well. Some victims were also made to wear wigs or cut & color their hair to disguise their identities.

These details may be key in identifying his involvement in abuse, battery, kidnapping, and possible missing persons cases over the past two and a half decades.

Vafeades is known to have traveled to the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Washington, and Wyoming.

Anyone with possible leads or information that could lead to identifying additional victims are asked to contact the FBI at SIR10693@LISTSERV.LEO.GOV or call (304) 625-3949.

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