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10,000 human remains were found on the farm of serial killer Herb Baumeister

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For years, a peaceful million-dollar farm in Indiana hid a dark secret – it was the playground of a serial killer.

When police finally searched Herb Baumeister's 45-acre estate in Westfield, north of Indianapolis, they discovered about 10,000 human remains – mostly crushed and burned skeletal fragments of the teenagers and young men he kidnapped and murdered in the 1980s and 1990s.

Nearly 30 years after Baumeister committed suicide while fleeing from police, authorities are still examining the remains and identifying the victims.

Herb Baumeister is suspected of having killed at least 25 people. Indianapolis Police Department

The Hamilton County Coroner announced last month that human remains found in 1996 on Herb Baumeister's Fox Hollow Farm were positively identified as those of Jeffrey A. Jones, who disappeared in 1993.

Jones is the third victim identified in recent months.

Four more DNA profiles were found on Baumeister's property that have not yet been identified, bringing the total number of his victims to 12, said Hamilton County Coroner Jeff Jellison.

“Because many of the remains were found burned and shattered, the investigation is extremely difficult. However, the team of law enforcement and forensic experts working on the case remains committed,” Jellison said.

Baumeister, a businessman and married father of three, has been hunting gay youth and men in central Indiana since at least 1980. He is believed to have killed at least 25 people, Fox News Digital reported.

He reportedly used the fake name “Brian Smart” and specifically targeted young gay men he met in bars.

At least 10,000 remains were discovered on his former estate. What's up?

Jones was the third victim identified by the coroner's office in the past six months. Officials previously identified Allen Livingston, who was 27 when he disappeared in August 1993, and Manuel Resendez, who was 34 when he disappeared in 1996.

Baumeister, who moved to the homestead with his family in 1988, used the sprawling yard and adjacent path to hide thousands of decomposed remains until his teenage son discovered a human skull and brought it to his mother.

His wife, who initially prevented the police from searching her property, later divorced her husband as evidence against him mounted.

Jones was the third victim identified in the last six months. Hamilton County Coroner's Office
Manuel Resendez disappeared in 1996 at the age of 34. Hamilton County Coroner's Office

Eventually, authorities searched the property while Baumeister was away and found the bodies of several victims.

In 1996, the then 49-year-old builder fled to Ontario, Canada, after an arrest warrant was issued against him and shot himself.

He was never charged with the murders and did not admit to any of the crimes in his suicide note.

Baumeister was never charged for the crimes. Google Earth

The remaining unidentified bones and bone fragments remained in storage until Jellison decided in 1996 that it was time to reopen the case, according to WRTV.

The Hamilton County Coroner's Office is working with the FBI, the Indiana State Police Laboratory, Dr. Krista Latham of the University of Indianapolis' Department of Biology and Anthropology, and DNA experts at the Texas-based Othram Lab to identify the additional remains.

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