Edmond Police are looking to see if there might be a connection between the recent murders of an Edmond woman and an El Reno man.

In both cases, the victims were found dead in their homes from stab wounds. Both crimes happened weeks apart.

El Reno Police Capt. Ken Brown said the two departments are comparing notes. “The investigators are sharing information back and forth,” he said. “Obviously with today’s technology with cell phones and e-mails it’s easy to share that information.”

Edmond Police spokeswoman Glynda Chu said Edmond officers diligently are following every lead.

“Right now we are looking to see if there are any similarities at all,” she said.

James Shaw, 73, of El Reno was found by his wife bleeding on the floor of his living room around 4 p.m. May 21. Shaw was a retired communications arts professor who taught at Redlands Community College for 27 years.

Shirley Shell, 67, of Edmond was found by her daughter around 4 a.m. June 5. Shell was home with her 95-year-old mother while her husband, Joe, was out of town.

A $40,000 reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest in Shell’s murder.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is offering up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in Shaw’s death.

Brown said the distance between Edmond and El Reno makes it possible there could be a connection. “The likelihood of it, who knows, but with both of us having a recent homicide we want to compare notes.”

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