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Detectives search area near Duvall for remains of possible victim of Green River Killer

DUVALL, Wash. — King County sheriff’s detectives searched a wooded area near Duvall Thursday looking for remains of a possible victim of the Green River Killer, who murdered dozens of girls and women in Washington state in the 1980s and ’90s.

Nothing was found, the sheriff’s office said.

“Detectives said the information about this specific location is not new, but a thorough search of the area had not been done before,” the sheriff’s news release said.

According to the sheriff’s office, when time allows, detectives continue to look at information learned from serial killer Gary Ridgway,  known as the Green River Killer, and conduct searches in areas that have not been searched before.

The wooded area near NE 140th Street and 286 Avenue NE was searched Thursday with the help of cadaver dogs, the office said.

This area was one of many locations that Ridgway provided to police during the investigation after his arrest, detectives said.

Detectives had no specific information about which victim may have been in area searched Thursday.

On November 30, 2001, as he was leaving the Kenworth truck factory where he worked in Renton, Ridgway was arrested for the murders of four women whose cases were linked to him through DNA evidence. As part of a plea bargain in which he agreed to disclose the locations of still-missing women, he was spared the death penalty and received a sentence of life imprisonment.

In 2003, Ridgway was convicted of killing 49 women but said he likely committed over 71 murders.  Many of the women’s bodies have not been found.