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Efforts to identify thousands of bones found in Indiana bring the alleged victims of the late businessman to 13

INDIANAPOLIS – A renewed effort to identify thousands of bones found at the Indiana estate of a long-dead businessman suspected in a series of murders has raised the number of his alleged victims to 13, a coroner said Tuesday.

Four new DNA profiles have been obtained through the effort to identify the remains and will be sent to the FBI for genetic genealogy analysis to hopefully identify them, Hamilton County Coroner Jeff Jellison said.

Nine men were previously identified as alleged victims of Herb Baumeister, who committed suicide in Canada in July 1996 while investigators were trying to question him after some 10,000 charred bones and bone fragments were found on his sprawling property, Fox Hollow Farm.

Jellison said researchers believe the bones and fragments could represent the remains of at least 25 people.

“We know that right now we have 13 victims found on the Fox Hollow Farm property,” Jellison said Tuesday.

Investigators believe Baumeister, a married father of three who frequented gay bars, lured men to his home and killed them at his estate in Westfield, about 16 miles (26 kilometers) north of Indianapolis.

In 2022, Jellison launched a renewed effort to link Baumeister’s other potential victims to the thousands of charred and crushed bones and fragments that authorities found on his property in the 1990s and later stored.

Jellison continues to ask relatives of young people who disappeared between the mid-1980s and mid-1990s to submit DNA samples for the new identification effort.

“That’s the most efficient way we’ll be able to identify these remains,” he said.

So far, that effort has identified three men based on DNA extracted from the bones. Two of them turned out to be among eight men identified in the 1990s as potential Baumeister victims: Jeffrey A. Jones and Manuel Resendez.

Jones was 31 and Resendez was 34 when they were reported missing in 1993. Jones’ remains were identified last week through forensic genetic genealogy analysis conducted by the FBI and Jellison’s office, the coroner said Tuesday. Resendez’s remains were identified using the same technique in January.

Last October, with the help of a DNA sample provided by his mother, other bone fragments were confirmed to be those of Allen Livingston, 27, also reported missing in 1993. At the time, Livingston’s identification made him the ninth alleged victim identified. by the researchers.