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Ilene Misheloff
Ilene Misheloff

Authorities are investigating whether Garrido may have been responsible for other unsolved murders and abductions in California and Nevada. They've searched his house again, checking for the clothing of two missing girls, and for graves.

Dublin, Calif., police are investigating Garrido's possible role in the disappearance of Ilene Misheloff in 1987.

Hayward police are trying to determine whether Garrido may have been responsible for the kidnapping of Michaela Garecht in 1988. He resembles a sketch based on witness descriptions of that woman's abductor.

Michaela Garecht
Michaela Garecht

There are also other cases in which Garrido, while not officially a person of interest, is nonetheless the object of unofficial speculation:

In 1989, a brother and sister disappeared near their bus stop in Reno. According to Katie Hall, the victim of his first proven rape, Garrido had told her that he had also abducted two girls in 1976. A 17-year-old was also slain in Reno that same year.

Between 1998 and 2002, the bodies of nine raped and murdered women, mostly prostitutes, were found in an industrial park at which Garrido worked at the time.

In early September 2009, a neighbor found a bone fragment near Garrido's home. An expert who examined it for the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office deems it human, but there's a chance the bone is from much older, perhaps even pre-Columbian, inhabitants of the area. DNA tests are pending.

Phillip and Nancy Garrido will face a court hearing October 29, 2009.

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