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Police: Up To 8 More Victims Linked To ‘Grim Sleeper’

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LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — As many as eight more Southland women may be linked to the “Grim Sleeper” serial killings of women and girls shot or strangled since 1985, police investigators said Tuesday.

A county grand jury last month indicted 58-year-old Lonnie Franklin Jr. for 10 killings in South Los Angeles.

Victims ranged in age from 14 to 36.

The Police Department says in a news release Tuesday that detectives are now focusing on eight women known to have had a connection with Franklin.

Six of the women are missing persons, one is an unsolved homicide victim and the eighth is an unidentified woman.

Four of the women had not previously been connected to the investigation.

Police Chief Charlie Beck and detectives plan an afternoon news conference to update the case and ask for the public’s help.

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