ENUMCLAW, Wash., Sept. 21 – Shortly after 7 o’clock this morning, a dozen detectives descended a steep ravine in a thickly forested patch of woods off Highway 410 about 40 miles southeast of Seattle.
Using machetes, chain saws, a giant weed-clearing machine and rakes, they cleared a 50-yard swatch of land and spent nine hours searching for the bones and teeth of murder victims, working the seemingly never-ending case of the Green River killer, the New York Times reports.
The killer and the investigation that police investigators have so doggedly pursued took its name from the river not far from here where the first few bodies were found in 1982. Over the next two years, as more bodies were found, Green River ranked as one of the nation’s deadliest serial murder cases, with 49 identified victims, many of them young prostitutes and runaways.
An arrest was made two years ago and a Washington man was charged with seven of the killings. In the last month, detectives on the Green River Task Force – which was first convened in 1984, disbanded in 1991 and then reassembled early last year, a few months after the arrest – have uncovered three sets of remains and identified one victim.