LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Police said they have identified eight more potential victims of a serial killer known as the "Grim Sleeper" who terrorized Los Angeles for years.
Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department showed photographs at a press conference of the suspected victims of Lonnie David Franklin Jr., 57.
Six of the women were reported missing, one identified as Inez Warren was confirmed killed and another remains unidentified.
"The families of those young ladies came to us last July after the arrest of Mr Franklin. They brought to our attention that they had similar lifestyles of the other victims," said LAPD Detective Dennis Kilcoyne.
Franklin, who was arrested at his Los Angeles home in July 2007, already stands accused of killing 10 women in south Los Angeles over more than 20 years, most of them prostitutes. He has pleaded not guilty.
The eight additional suspected victims are connected to the suspect by "strong circumstantial evidence recovered at Franklin's residence" and their deaths were similar to those of the other victims, police said.
"We wish nothing more than to find them alive and well. But the circumstances are gloomy," said Kilcoyne.
At the time of Franklin's arrest, police found boxes where the alleged murderer kept photos of all his victims.
The authorities had initially suspected Franklin had actually committed more than a hundred crimes over the past three decades and that he had sexually assaulted all of his victims before or after killing them.
Neighbors have described Franklin as pleasant. Police dubbed him the "Grim Sleeper" because he apparently put a hold on his killings between 1988 and 2002.