Police in Michigan believes they have uncovered a serial killer's burial ground with the bodies of teen girls who went missing nearly four decades ago.
A task force on Monday started combing an abandoned farm and swampy area in Warren for potential victims of convicted pedophile and child murderer Arthur Nelson Ream (pictured below).
“It’s bittersweet, but by finding those remains we might bring closure to these families,” Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer told Fox News.
The body of 13-year-old Cindy Zarzycki was found on the same property in 2008 after Ream led police there. Zarzycki went missing after meeting up with her boyfriend and her boyfriend’s father, Ream, at a Dairy Queen in 1986, according to the Detroit Free Press. Ream was sentenced to life in prison for her murder in 2008.
But now police do not think Zarzycki was Ream’s only murder victim, and believe he might have even been a serial killer.
They are now searching for the remains of up to six girls, including Kellie Brownlee (pictured at top, left), from Novi, who disappeared from a mall in 1986 when she was 17; Kimberly King (picured at top, right), a 12-year-old who went missing from Warren in September 1979; and 15-year-old Kim Yarrow, who vanished from Canton Township in 1981. Police believe another possible victim could be a teen runaway.
It's unclear what led to police giving the area another look.
Dwyer told WJBK-TV in Detroit that police have "probable cause to believe that (King) is buried there."
"We also believe that there's maybe four to six other girls that have been reported missing that are buried there. We certainly are convinced we have the right area. It's just a sad type of situation," he said.
Ream first got into legal trouble in 1975 when he was convicted of indecent liberties with a child. For that crime, he was sentenced to five years in prison, according to Michigan Department of Corrections records.
[Photos: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Michigan Department of Corrections]