$100,000 reward offered in 'Doodler' California cold case

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SAN FRANCISCO (KKTV) - Authorities are offering a reward of $100,000 for information leading to the identification and prosecution of a serial killer.

On Wednesday, San Francisco Police posted a forensic sketch of the suspect and compared it to a 1975 sketch. Both can be viewed at the top of this article.

Between Jan. 1974 and Sept. 1975, the "Doodler" is suspected of killing at least five gay men and possibly as many as 14. Law enforcement believed he lured the men into sexual encounters before killing them and discarding their bodies in public places, typically beaches or parks.

The suspect's nickname comes from his tendency to draw caricatures of his targets before luring them in.

At the time of the attacks in 1975, the suspect was described as a "lanky" black man about 6 feet tall with a medium complexion and smooth skin. In a news conference Wednesday, police released an age-progression sketch showing what they believe the suspect would look like now.

Law enforcement is hopeful modern technology will help get a break in the 45-year-old case.

If you think you have information on who the "Doodler" is you're asked to call 1-415-575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the message with SFPD. You may remain anonymous.