Police search site that admitted killer may have used

July 02, 1993|By Newsday

SOUTH WESTBURY, N.Y. -- New York state police have searched a property here where admitted serial killer Joel Rifkin is believed to have "stored" two or three of his victims before disposing of them later at dump sites off Long Island, sources close to the case said.

Barns and a field in South Westbury owned by Kev's Landscaping Design and Tree Service were searched by state police investigators, the sources said.

Although it was not known last night what, if anything, was found, sources said police were looking for evidence related to ,, the disposal of the bodies. Kevin Seck, the owner of the company, declined to comment.

Investigators continued to sort through a large amount of evidence removed from Mr. Rifkin's messy East Meadow, N.Y., bedroom by state police. Investigators also are working closely with numerous other police agencies to determine if Mr. Rifkin's statements, plus physical evidence, can be linked to other unsolved murders in the region.

The key to unlocking Mr. Rifkin's lifestyle, as well as to identifying his victims, may be found among the mounds of evidence removed from the bedroom.

Piles of women's clothing, underwear and jewelry, along with what investigators have called mementos of his murder spree -- credit cards, library cards and driver's licenses -- were taken from the room.

While announcing that Mr. Rifkin's actions during a murder spree that appears to have begun in 1991 amounted to the largest serial killing in state history, they officially linked 13 murders to him. Mr. Rifkin has told police he committed 17 murders.

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