Sunday, July 16, 2000

Railway killer leads authorities to remains

The Associated Press

        OXFORD, Fla. — Convicted rail-riding serial killer Angel Maturino Resendiz led authorities Saturday to the skeletal remains of a teen-age girl, a day after admitting he killed her and another man three years ago.

        Mr. Resendiz, 39, told Marion County Sheriff's Office detectives during an interview in Texas that he killed Jesse Howell, 19, with a railroad air brake coupling. He said eight hours later he strangled Mr. Howell's 16-year-old traveling companion, Wendy Von Huben, south of where he killed Mr. Howell.

        Mr. Howell was found slain on March 23, 1997, on tracks running through Belleview — a central Florida town about halfway between Tampa and Jacksonville.

        Saturday, a search team found skeletal remains wrapped in a blanket and camouflage jacket about 100 yards from railroad tracks near Wildwood.

        Mr. Resendiz told authorities that the couple were the first of 11 people he has admitted to killing in Florida, Texas, Illinois and Kentucky. Most of the killings took place on or near railroad tracks. Mr. Resendiz was sentenced to death May 22 in Texas for the murder of a Houston-area physician.


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