Connecticut Serial Killer Case Now Has 7 Victims
But suspect is believed to be in jail already
By Alex Tirpack,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2015 12:38 PM CDT
From left, Diane Cusack, Joyvaline Martinez and Mary Jane Menard, who are believed to have been murdered by the same offender after they went missing in 2003.   (State of Connecticut, Division of Criminal Justice via AP)

(Newser) – Police in New Britain, Conn., have revealed good news and bad news about a suspected serial killer: The bad is that he's believed to have murdered more people than realized, but the good is that he's no longer considered a threat. Though officials won't say exactly why the latter is the case, NBC Connecticut reports that the unidentified suspect already is behind bars on unrelated charges. Authorities this week announced the discovery of the remains of four additional victims—bringing the total to seven—buried behind a shopping center in New Britain. Four of the victims have been identified as women who disappeared in 2003.

The wooded, marshy area is less than 10 miles from Hartford, and has been the primary focal point for the "New Britain Serial Killer Task Force" since three bodies were uncovered there in 2007. "The ongoing investigation supports our strong (belief) that the person responsible for this is not able to continue or conduct at this time," says New Britain Police Chief James Wardwell, without elaborating. Chief State's Attorney Kevin Kane added that it would be "unethical" to release the suspect's name at this time.