MACOMB TWP, Mich. (WJBK) - The digging is still going on in Macomb Township where police say they could find the remains of as many as six girls in the woods.
Police from Warren, the FBI, and other law enforcement agencies have been digging through the woods in Macomb Township near 23 Mile and North Avenue since Monday morning. The property was once frequented by convicted child rapist and murderer Arthur Ream, a 68-year-old serving life in prison for the 1986 disappearance and death of 13-year-old Cindy Zarzycki.
Authorities have scheduled a news conference for 1 p.m. Wednesday, the third day of the search. You can watch the news conference live on FOX 2 News Now when it begins on our Facebook page.
On Monday, police confirmed they were searching for the remains of Kimberly King, a 12-year-old girl who disappeared in 1979.
In 2008, Ream led police to the same area where they found Cindy's remains.
Investigators say Ream is a serial rapist and killer and Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer says they believe several more bodies of missing girls could be buried there as well.
"We have probable cause to believe that she is buried there," Dwyer said. "We also believe that there's maybe four to six other girls that have been reported missing that are buried there."
Dwyer says investigators recently assigned a new detective to the cold case of Kim King, a feisty 12-year-old who went missing on September 15th, 1979. At the time, police considered her a runaway but her family always suspected something horrible had happened to her. Konnie Beyma, her sister, is hoping for answers that have been four decades in the making.
"It's obviously the hardest thing I've ever gone through (or) will ever go through in my life. I can't imagine anything else that equals this but in a broader sense, we all have worried about the Oakland County Child Killer for decades and we had someone else in our midst doing the same thing," Beyma said.
Police interviewed Ream again recently and sources say he was uncooperative and gave them no information. However, an exhaustive investigation led them here to dig again and police say other girls who went missing around the same time as Kim could be buried here, too:
Kim Larrow, 15, disappeared from Canton in June of 1981.
Kellie Brownlee, 17, disappeared at the 12 Oaks Mall in Novi in May 1982.
"We certainly are convinced we have the right area. It's just a sad type of situation," Dwyer said. "If we do find the remains, we'll bring closure to the families of the victims."
The dig is in its third day Wednesday and now neighbors are watching the slow process from across the field and wonder what they might find, says Norma Rice.
"To find out that they're looking for several more it's kind of scary and eerie that something like that happened and you don't even know," Rice said. "I just feel sorry for the families that are missing kids- that one of those if they find something - could be theirs."