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Four Bodies Recovered from Site of Small Plane Crash in Connecticut

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(EAST HAVEN, Conn.) -- The bodies of four people have been recovered from the remnants of two homes that burned after a small plane crashed into them yesterday in East Haven, Connecticut. 

Two children, who were in one of the homes at the time of the crash, were among those killed. The other two bodies found were those of the pilot and his teenage son. The two were traveling to look at colleges.

The small turbo prop plane took off from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey and was on its way to New Haven, Conn., when it crashed into two houses in East Haven on approach to Tweed New Haven Regional Airport on Friday.

The children are believed to be a 1-year-old and a 13-year-old.

Investigators are still searching for any sign of what may have caused the crash.

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Bodies Found Confirmed to Be Missing Iowa Cousins

FBI(EVANSDALE, Iowa) -- The two bodies found by hunters in Iowa last week are those of missing cousins Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins, the state’s medical examiner’s office confirmed Monday.

The Evansdale Police Department has notified the girls’ families, according to a release by the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office. The confirmation was expected after comments last week by the police and Elizabeth’s family.

After the bodies were found by hunters in the Seven Bridges Wildlife Area in the northeastern part of the state, authorities said Wednesday they were “confident” that they had found the remains of Lyric, 11, and Elizabeth, 9.

The two girls went missing on a mid-day bike ride in July. Late Wednesday, Elizabeth’s mother Heather Collins said in a statement posted on her Facebook page that the family was aware that there were two possible outcomes and “unfortunately this is not the one that we wanted.”

The sad news comes nearly five months after the girls’ disappearance.

The two were last seen on a bike ride in the small town of Evansdale just after noon on July 13. While their bicycles and a purse were found that day by Meyers Lake, near the center of town, the search for the girls dragged on and on with no result. In the following week, authorities drained the lake and canvassed the area, but to no avail.

The Seven Bridges Wildlife Area where the bodies were found is about 25 miles from Evansdale.

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Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins: Bodies Believed to Be Missing Iowa Cousins

ABC News(EVANSDALE, Iowa) -- Authorities believe two bodies found by hunters in Iowa this week are Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins, two young cousins who vanished in July.

"At this time, law enforcement is confident, based upon evidence at the scene and preliminary investigation, that the bodies are those of Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins," Capt. Rick Abben, chief deputy of the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office, said at a news conference in Evansdale, Iowa.

Asked why authorities were so confident that the bodies were those of the two girls, Abben replied, "We have no one else that's missing in this area. We have two bodies that were found. They were smaller in stature so we have nothing else to think, at this time."

Abben noted that the state's medical examiner's office in Ankeny, Iowa, had yet to complete the positive identification of the girls.

Asked if the kidnapping investigation was now turning into a homicide investigation, Abben replied, "We are looking that way at this time."

Lyric, 11, and Elizabeth, 9, went missing on July 13 on a bike ride in the small town of Evansdale, Iowa, near Waterloo, Iowa. After hunters found two bodies in a wooded area in Seven Bridges Conservation Area on Wednesday afternoon, the families of Lyric and Elizabeth were notified and the bodies were sent to Ankeny for positive identification.

The families expressed "their gratitude to the community for their ongoing support," according to a statement released by authorities. Elizabeth's mother, Heather Collins, later posted a message on her Facebook page.

"We knew when our girls went missing that [there] would be two outcomes," she wrote. "Unfortunately this is not the one that we wanted but we know our girls [are] dancing with our savior. We know that he will continue to be with us giving us strength and comfort always."

On Wednesday night, residents of Evansdale, Iowa, gathered at Meyers Lake -- where the girls' bicycles and a purse were found -- for a candlelight vigil.

"It's hard to believe," said Lorissa Wilson, who attended the vigil. "I didn't want it to happen to the girls. They're too young to pass away, I believe."

Mary Carroll, who knew Elizabeth, said, "You don't expect it for somebody so sweet and innocent."

Another participant at the vigil, Holly Timmerman, noted that this was "not the outcome anybody wanted at all."

The Seven Bridges Conservation Area will remain closed until Monday, Abben said.


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Colorado School to Create Newest US 'Body Farm'

University of Tennessee's Forensic Anthropology Center(GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.) -- Colorado Mesa University is using its high altitude and arid setting to create what will soon be the country's newest body farm.

The "farm" will join five others around the country -- facilities that have become vital, although macabre, forensic laboratories.

The oldest of these is located deep in the hills near Knoxville, Tenn., where over 150 bodies can be found in various states of decomposition at any given time.  The bodies can be partially buried, under tarps, in the trunks of cars or hanging from nooses.

The one-acre area isn't a crime scene.  It's an outdoor forensic laboratory, sometimes referred to as a body farm.

This particular lab is in the University of Tennessee's Forensic Anthropology Center.  It is the country's first and largest -- in terms of the number of bodies -- outdoor forensic research facility, one of only a handful in the world.

"We don't alter the vegetation, we don't alter the soil, we don't alter the plants or animals.  It really is a natural laboratory," the University of Tennessee's Forensic Anthropology Center director Dr. Dawnie Steadman told ABC News.  "If you're going to be answering police questions about decomposition, then you really need to use humans."

The grounds are highly secure and not open to the public.  The land is surrounded by a wooden fence and another metal fence topped with razor wire.

Researchers, students, coroners and law enforcement officials are among those who are granted access to the facility for learning purposes.

"The main research is on decomposition, what happens to the body in different climates, in different positions, in different states, whether they're covered or uncovered, buried or unburied," Steadman said.

"Many of the questions that are asked come from real police cases," she said.  "We can actually try to mimic that scientifically and observe what happened."

Over 1,000 bodies have been donated since the facility opened in 1981 and the bodies and skeletons are used for years after the donation.  Knowing the donors' history and background allows researchers to work to determine the body's age, gender, stature and ancestry, and then check their findings with the provided history.

A similar facility will soon be opening near Grand Junction, Colo.  It will be the first high-altitude outdoor lab and the sixth outdoor forensic laboratory in the country.

"The Rocky Mountains is not the same as Tennessee, it's not the same as Texas and when a body is dumped outside it decays differently," Dr. Melissa Connor, director of Colorado Mesa University's Forensic Investigation Research Station, told ABC News.

"We've got the altitude, which impacts the humidity, it impacts the infestation, the amount of sunshine as well as temperature," she said.  "It will teach us more about what happens in this environment, which we can extrapolate more to the western United States."

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Bodies of Two Boys Washed Away By Sandy Found

Jose Ramos(NEW YORK) -- The bodies of two young boys who were washed away by Sandy’s floodwaters as their horrified mother watched were found Thursday in a marshy area, according to police.

The 2-year-old and 4-year-old boys disappeared on the New York City borough of Staten Island Monday night when waves caused by storm surges crashed into the family’s SUV while they were driving, according to ABC News station WABC in New York.

The boys were pulled into powerful waters after their mom put them on the roof of her car when rushing waters caused the car to stall.

The search for the boys continued until their bodies were found at the end of a dead-end street.

The parents of the missing children were at the scene where the bodies were discovered, according to WABC.

Superstorm Sandy killed at least 80 people in the United States. The storm resulted in massive flooding, power outages and widespread destruction on the East Coast.

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Burning Bodies Discovered in Florida Were Two Young Men

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Two bicyclists out for an early morning ride in Florida made a gruesome discovery when a fire turned out to be two burning bodies.  Police have now disclosed that the victims were two young men.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office received a call at 6:41 a.m. on Sunday about a fire that had been spotted on Cady Way Trail on a grassy hill beside a small wooden bridge.  The trail is often used by bicyclists and walkers.

"The caller(s) were using the trail when they came upon the fire and the realization that it could be two bodies within the flames," the sheriff's office said in a news release.

Firefighters and sheriff's deputies responded to the scene and confirmed that two bodies were being burned.

Authorities are classifying the incident as a double homicide.  Orange County Sheriff's Capt. Angelo Nieves said the victims were "two young males," but said that no positive identification has been made yet.

Authorities also discovered a small fire that was extinguished outside a nearby apartment complex and believe that the two fires are related.

"Based on evidence, they believe it to be associated with the crime," Nieves said, but he could not provide any details as to how authorities believe the fires are related.

Investigators are asking that anyone who has heard anything about the crimes or who may have seen something to call Crimeline at 407-423-TIPS.

"It's a well-traveled area, but at that time of the morning, there's not a lot of activity," Nieves said.  "It's still somewhat dark and the area in which the bodies were located was somewhat of a wooded area."

Authorities have no suspects at this time.

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Shallow Grave Could Be That of Two Missing Michigan Women

Comstock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- A grisly discovery made this weekend on the west side of Detroit could help solve the mysterious case of what happened to Abreeya Brown and Ashley Conaway, who were forced into the trunk of a car and abducted Feb. 28 by two armed men.

A shootout between Brown’s stepfather and the suspects ensued before the car sped away. Brown, 18, and Conaway, 21, were never seen again. But acting on a tip Sunday evening, police found what they hope will break open this case. “We have unearthed in a shallow grave, the remains of two females, on the surface fit the description of the two young ladies we were looking for,” said Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee.

Though no one has been formally charged in the disappearance of the women, Conaway’s ex-boyfriend, 26-year-old Brandon Cain, has long been a suspect in their disappearance. When the two girls went missing, Conaway’s family told police that she had recently tried to break things off with Cain and that he even fired gunshots at her and Brown after that.

Cain and another man, 24-year-old Brian Lee, are already in police custody for shooting at the woman on Feb. 8. But even after Sunday’s discovery Police Chief Godbee says murder charges are still a long way off.

While this weekend’s discovery might bring answers to the two missing girl’s families, they still want justice to be served.  "Life without parole with what they did here. They deserve it. They took these girls' lives away from them forever," Brown’s aunt, Jacquelyn Porter, told ABC News’ Detroit affiliate WXYZ.

Autopsies on the bodies are expected to be done Monday. In the meantime, police will continue to examine evidence found near the shallow grave.

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FBI Search New Mexico Lake for 'Toy Box Killer's' 40 Victims

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M.) -- Authorities searched a New Mexico lake on Tuesday for victims of alleged serial killer David Parker Ray, who once boasted of killing as many as 40 women.

The FBI, New Mexico State Police and the Albuquerque Police Department scoured through Elephant Butte Lake in Truth or Consequences, N.M., but found none of the victims' bodies.

"Today's search of McRae Canyon near Elephant Butte Lake for possible victims of David Parker Ray yielded no human remains," FBI Spokesman Frank Fisher said Tuesday.  "However, searchers plan to return to the Elephant Butte area at an undetermined date in the near future to further search some areas of interest."

Ray died from a heart attack in prison in 2002 when he was 62 years old.  He was serving a more than 223-year sentence for the sexual torture of two women.  Before his death, he boasted of torturing and killing women in his trailer.  No bodies have ever been recovered.

“David Parker Ray wrote in his journals that he had up to 40 victims.  We suspect that he could have killed some.  We don’t know how many,” said Fisher.

Fisher said they received new information that led them to search the lake, but won’t disclose what that tip is.

Ray is sometimes called the “Toy Box Killer” because of how he used his trailer to torture his victims.

“His trailer is a 22-foot long white trailer that he had behind his residence near Elephant Butte Lake.  He called it a toy box and it was equipped with various instruments of torture,” Fisher said.

Ray equipped the trailer with things like whips, knives, handcuffs and a gynecological exam table.

“He would tie a lady on to it and for a period of days subject her to various tortures while videotaping her,” said Fisher.

Signs in the trailer read “Satan’s Den” and “Bondage Room.”  He reportedly got tired of telling his victims what he was going to do to them, so instead he played an audio recording of his instructions.

Fisher said that Ray’s own writings reveal that he began having fantasies about torturing women as early as 1955.  He was arrested in 1999 after a woman escaped from his trailer.  The woman was wearing only a dog collar and chain.  Ray, his daughter and two others were arrested and charged with sexual torture.

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Police Investigating Tip on Dozens of Dead Bodies in Texas


UPDATE: Law enforcement officials Tuesday night left the property after finding no bodies at the scene. 

A spokesman for the Liberty County Sheriff's Department said after Tuesday's search, "No bodies found, nothing to indicate a homicide occurred here."

(HOUSTON) -- Police are investigating a tip that a Texas property may be housing dozens of buried bodies, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.

The FBI has been called in to assist the investigation as the Liberty County Sheriff's Department pursues a warrant to search the property. Federal investigators have not been able to confirm that any bodies have been found and local police declined to comment for this report.

Local news outlets initially reported the sheriff's office said they had discovered 25 to 30 bodies outside the home.

The FBI said they will make an evidence response team of forensic experts available if needed.

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At Least Three Killers Dumped Bodies on New York Beach

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The skeletal remains of at least eight murder victims found on a remote stretch of New York beach are the work of three and possibly four separate killers, prosecutors said Monday.

"It is clear that the area in and around Gilgo Beach has been used to discard human remains for some period of time," Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said.  "As distasteful and disturbing as that is, there is no evidence that all of these remains are the work of a single killer."

The first set of four human remains found wrapped or draped in burlap are believed to be the work of one killer who dumped the bodies by the sandy roadside after killing the victims elsewhere.  Those victims were all prostitutes and the discovery of their bodies triggered the first alarms that a serial killer was at work.

Four more bodies were later unearthed, including the remains of an infant.  The child has been determined to have been a girl.  Another of the bodies was found to have been an Asian man in his late teens or early 20s, Spota said.

Spota said that the four bodies covered in burlap are unrelated to the other four remains, and that at least three suspects killed the eight identified so far.  Police have never discounted the theory that the remains were the work of more than one killer.

Investigators told ABC News that multiple samples from each new set of remains, some found in plastic bags, were being tested to determine whether each bag contained the remains of one or more victims.

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