Sunday, August 26, 2001

Search for bodies turns up nothing

The Associated Press

        STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — Authorities on Saturday did not find any evidence to back up a man's claim that he has killed at least six people, but the search for his alleged victims is far from over, Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said.

        Steven Moorehead, 39, of Brilliant, and Fred Horner, 38, of Steubenville, are charged with murder in the death of Becky Mitchell, 33, of Steubenville.

        Her burned body was found Wednesday near Fernwood State Forest, about five miles from this eastern Ohio industrial city.

        Mr. Moorehead told authorities where to find Ms. Mitchell after he was arrested in Indiana and said he had killed as many as six people, Sheriff Abdalla said.

        Authorities searched the Ohio River by helicopter and by boat for four hours Saturday, but found no bodies and no new evidence linking Mr. Moorehead to any additional killings, Sheriff Abdalla said.

        The search was to resume Monday morning, he said.


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