Cold-case investigators are asking for the public’s help in pursuing their latest leads in the hunt for the Golden State Killer, a prolific serial rapist and murderer whose victims included at least four people slain in Goleta.
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department recently announced that it has two new leads under active investigation in the search for the man dubbed the Golden State Killer, who also is known as the East Area Rapist and the Original Night Stalker.
All told, the Golden State Killer is suspected in at least 12 homicides, 45 rapes and more than 120 residential burglaries throughout California from 1976 to 1986, according to the FBI.
DNA evidence has been used to link the same person to many of the crimes, but the suspect’s identity remains unknown.
In Goleta, he is suspected of killing Dr. Robert Offerman,
Authorities on Saturday searched a South End area for remains of a victim killed by Gary Ridgway, the Green River killer, following a similar search near Duvall earlier this month, the King County Sheriff’s Office said.
It’s unclear what, if anything, was recovered in the search, which was near Tukwila’s Southcenter mall and South 178th Street near Interstate 5. The earlier search on Nov. 3 was unsuccessful.
“As with the search last week near Duvall, this search was based on continuing re-evaluation and analysis of information provided by Gary Ridgway,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release on Saturday.
Detectives on Thursday searched an area near Duvall for remains of a victim killed by Gary Ridgway, the Green River killer who confessed to dozens of slayings over nearly 20 years. The search was unsuccessful.
Investigators and cadaver dogs scoured the wooded area for hours near Northeast 140th Street and 286th Avenue Northeast, the King County Sherif’s Office said. The location is one of many Ridgway talked to authorities about after his arrest nearly 15 years ago, the office said.
Detectives have known of the location, though have not done a thorough search before Thursday, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
“It’s a pretty good size,” said Sgt. Cindi West of the area. “That’s part of the issue why we have to keep searching these areas. … They’re so big and so hard
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,