(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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