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More remains identified from suspected serial killer's property in Indiana

More than 10,000 bone fragments were discovered at suspected serial killer Herb Baumiester's $1 million Indiana estate in 1996, and his victims are still being identified.

Authorities believe Baumeister — who they say led a double life as a seemingly upstanding family man — was dating men at gay bars while his wife and children were on vacation. Then he took them back to his Westfield, Indiana home, known as Fox Hollow Farm, and murdered them and buried their remains on the 18-acre property. Authorities estimate he may be responsible for more than 25 murders, but have only officially linked him to 12.

Less than two weeks after the remains were discovered in 1996, Baumeister committed suicide, The New York Times reported in 1996. He never faced charges in connection with the murders and never confessed to any of them. At the time of the murders, he was married with three children.

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In late 2022, Hamilton County Coroner Jeff Jellison sparked renewed interest in the case when he asked family members of men who went missing from the Indianapolis area in the 1980s and 90 to submit DNA samples to the coroner's office to determine if he was a possible victim of Baumeister, UNITED STATES Today reported.

This week, on May 22, the Hamilton County, Indiana Coroner's Office announced that another victim had been identified as Jeffrey A. Jones, who was reported missing in August 1993. His remains were identified through to “an extensive forensic genetic genealogy investigation,” according to the corner report. said the office.

Earlier this year, on January 25, the coroner's office also announced the identification of Manuel Resendez, whose remains were found in 1996. Additionally, Allen Livingston was identified as another Baumeister victim through the same process , reports CBS News.

“According to Jellison, investigators have four additional DNA profiles that have not yet been identified, bringing the total number of victims to 12,” the coroner’s office said in a May 22 statement.

“Given that many remains were found burned and crushed, this investigation is extremely difficult; however, the team of law enforcement and forensic specialists working on the case remains engaged,” Jellison said in the release.

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