More remains found on Indiana serial killer farm identified – NBC Chicago

A renewed attempt to identify the victims of a suspected serial killer has yielded further results in recent weeks as investigators continue their work on the case.

These victims were allegedly killed by Herb Baumeister, a businessman suspected of killing at least 11 young boys and adult men in a series of murders attributed to the “I-70 Strangler.” He is also suspected of killing at least 12 other men in the early 1990s and burying their remains on his Indiana farm.

Authorities there discovered more than 10,000 human remains while executing a search warrant in the 1990s. Hamilton County Coroner Jeff Jellison launched a new investigation to identify these remains and in late May was able to identify one victim as Jeffrey Jones, who was reported missing in 1993.

Jones' remains were the third identified as part of the new effort. The total number of victims is currently estimated at 12. At least four other DNA profiles have been discovered but have not yet been identified, officials said.

The FBI is supporting a genetic genealogy study, as are the University of Indianapolis and the Indiana State Police Laboratory, a press release said.

“Because many of the remains were found burned and crushed, this investigation is extremely difficult,” Jellison said in a statement. “The team of law enforcement and forensic experts working on the case remains dedicated.”

The remains were found in 1996 at the end of the investigation into Baumeister. A search warrant was obtained in connection with the series of murders, but Baumeister fled the country before the warrant was carried out. He later committed suicide in a park in Canada, officials said.

According to the Indy Star, Baumeister is suspected of murdering and dismembering his victims, most of whom he met in gay bars in Indiana. He is said to have buried their remains at Fox Hollow Farm in the early 1990s.

Baumeister is also suspected of being the “I-70 Strangler.” He is accused of killing at least eleven boys and adult men he met in clubs along the interstates in Indiana and Ohio.

According to the Indy Star, the latter murders stopped when Baumeister bought his farm in Indiana and the victims of his alleged murders were subsequently buried at that location.

Family members of people reported missing in the early 1990s are still encouraged to submit DNA samples to help investigators identify the victims.