ANCHORAGE -

A day after Miranda Barbour allegedly took credit for dozens of killings -- including unspecified crimes in Alaska -- a statewide support group for missing persons is not convinced by the woman’s story.

Barbour, in a jailhouse interview with the Sunbury (Pa.) Daily Item, allegedly admitted to the Pennsylvania killing of 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara.

With the help of her husband, 22-year-old Elytte Barbour, Miranda told the newspaper she lured LeFerrara via Craigslist by saying she was looking for a sexual encounter. Her husband strangled LaFerrara, while she stabbed him multiple times.

What thrust the interview into the national spotlight, though, is Barbour’s claim that she killed dozens of people, so many that she “stopped counting at 22,” after becoming involved with a group she described as a Satanic cult.

Barbour told the Daily Item reporter, Francis Scarcella, that “many” of the crimes were committed in her native Alaska.

Barbour is from North Pole and lived in Anchorage and Palmer before heading out of state, according to Permanent Fund application records.

In a phone interview with Channel 2, Scarcella said Barbour told him the cult was active in cities where Barbour once lived, as well as elsewhere around the state.

“She mentioned Palmer, Anchorage, Nome and Wasilla, and she also said the Big Lake, and she said it's in the Valley, something in the Valley,” Scarcella said.

Scarcella said he is withholding judgment until law enforcement officials complete their investigation, but he believes there is at least some truth to her story.

“I believe she did this before,” he said.

Members of Seeking Alaska’s Missing -- a support group formed after the 2012 abduction of Samantha Koenig -- came together Monday night after the news broke.

“Of course our interest was piqued, so we did a little bit of research,” said Heather Cartwright, one of the group’s founders. The early verdict: “It's possible, but it's not very likely.”

While the prospect of closure appeals to families and friends of missing persons and victims of unsolved homicides, Cartwright said the numbers in Barbour’s case do not seem to add up.

Barbour allegedly told the newspaper she was involved in Alaska killings from age 13 until the time she left the state in 2011.

Seeking Alaska’s Missing identified four unsolved homicides over that time period: Lorraine Nathaniel in Fairbanks and Brandon Wilson in Anchorage in 2008, and the Anchorage deaths of Eddie Yazzie and Steven Hardies in 2010.

Law enforcement agencies, including Alaska State Troopers and the Anchorage Police Department, could not immediately provide a response due to a three-day weekend – so a count of missing persons isn’t currently clear.

But Cartwright said a rough count of missing persons cases in Alaska over that three-year stretch -- as well as Barbour’s age at the time -- calls her claims into question.

“We're trying to figure out how it would be that she would overpower these people at 13 years old,” Cartwright said. “We're expecting her to at least offer up some sort of proof, to give names or locations.”