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Human remains discovered in Indiana in 1996 identified as murder suspect’s 9th alleged victim

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Indiana authorities have identified an Indianapolis man who disappeared in 1993 as the ninth alleged victim of a long-deceased businessman suspected of involvement in a series of murders in the 1980s and 1990s, a a coroner said Tuesday.

A bone that was recovered in 1996 from the property of Herbert Baumeister in the Indianapolis area was identified through forensic genetic genealogy testing as the remains of Allen Livingston using a DNA sample provided by his mother, Hamilton County Coroner Jeff Jellison said.

Livingston would have been 27 when he was reported missing to Indianapolis police in August 1993, the coroner said.

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His identification makes Livingston the ninth alleged victim of Baumeister to be identified by investigators among approximately 10,000 charred bones and bone fragments found on Baumeister’s sprawling property, Jellison said.

Baumeister was 49 when he committed suicide in Canada in July 1996 as investigators sought to question him about human remains discovered at Fox Hollow Farm, his 18-acre estate in Westfield, a Hamilton County town located a few miles north of Indianapolis.

Investigators believed Baumeister, a married father of three who frequented gay bars, lured men to his home and killed them. In 1999, authorities linked him to the disappearances of at least 16 men since 1980, including several whose bodies were found abandoned in shallow waterways in rural areas of central Indiana and western Ohio.

Authorities in Indiana have identified the human remains of a man who was likely the victim of murder suspect Herbert Baumeister. (Fox News)

Jellison announced a new effort last year to identify charred bones and fragments by asking relatives of young men who disappeared between the mid-1980s and mid-1990s to submit DNA samples. He said investigators believe the bones and fragments could represent the remains of at least 25 people.

Livingston’s family prompted renewed identification efforts, Jellison said, when one of his cousins ​​called him last year and said his family thought Livingston may have been one of the remains found on Baumeister’s property. Jellison said the cousin told him that Livingston’s mother was ill “and the family would like to give him closure.”

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Jellison said he was amazed that Livingston’s remains were the first to be identified among 44 individual bones or fragments that have since been sent to the Indiana State Police Laboratory for analysis to to extract the DNA.

“What are the chances, out of 10,000 remains? Out of 10,000, we selected 44 and the first identification is someone in the family who initiated all of this,” he said. “Where is that from ?”

Jellison said he called Livingston’s mother Monday to tell her the news after state police lab personnel informed him of their success in identifying the bone as belonging to her son .

“Yesterday was an emotional day in our office,” he said. “We identified a person who had been missing for 30 years. This person is probably a murder victim. So our first reaction was to celebrate the success of what we had done, but we very quickly turned to harsh reality that we have another murder victim.

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Jellison said many of the thousands of bones and fragments recovered from Baumeister’s property had been burned and crushed. For investigations that rely on DNA, he said, “those are probably the two worst things you can do to stay.”

During the initial investigation in the 1990s, 11 human DNA samples were extracted from bones and bone fragments. Eight of those people, all young men, were identified and compared to DNA samples, with Livingston now the ninth to be identified, Jellison said.

Four additional DNA profiles have been developed from the bones and fragments, and work is underway to compare these with DNA samples provided by relatives of other missing men, he said.

So far, more than 30 families have provided DNA samples and Jellison hopes other families will submit additional samples.

“If you have anyone missing between the 1980s and mid-1990s, please contact us,” he said, “as we do not know the extent of this crime.”

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