Detroit investigators are also searching cold cases, which include a 12-year-old girl who went missing in Warren almost 40 years ago.
King's sister, Konnie Beyma, spoke at the press conference, saying she has hope her sister's remains will be found and that the developments in the case bring hope to the families of other missing girls as well. Before Ream's conviction in Zarzycki's death, he spent time in prison for the 1974 sex assault of a 15-year-old hitchhiker, he said.
"Warren police, Macomb County Sheriff's deputies, Michigan State Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents" were all involved in the search, reopening several cold cases for missing children. Dwyer stated that a search of this magnitude may take several days to complete. Dwyer did clarify, though, that Ream is not the suspected Oakland County Child killer, because he was in prison from 1974-1978.
Police said Reams had a sick obsession with young girls.
The 24-acre search area, about 25 miles north of Detroit, is believed to be the scene of a crime involving Kimberly King, 12, of Warren, who was staying at her grandmother's home when she went missing, Warren Mayor James Fouts said in a news release.
Dwyer said Ream isn't believed to have known any of the victims they are searching for.
This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed. He was free on parole on September 15, 1979, when King went missing.
The police commissioner said there is "no question" that 12-year-old Kimberly King, last seen in 1979, and four to six other girls are also buried at the site.
"Based on our information, we believe he chose to bury these other teen girls in the same general area", Dwyer said.
Dwyer says four to six other girls could be buried there.
"This is a major effort out here", Dwyer said. He is, however, the only person of interest or suspect in the case, the commissioner said.
Police have only mentioned the names of three other girls who could possibly be buried at the site: Kellie Brownlee, 17, from Novi, in 1982; Kim Larrow, from Canton in 1981; and Nadine O'Dell, 16, from Taylor, in 1982.
Ream, who turned 69 on Wednesday, was sentenced in 1998 to 15 years in prison for criminal sexual conduct and taking indecent liberties with a child less than two years earlier.
Even after leading police to her remains, Ream denied killing her.
Zarzycki disappeared in 1986 when Ream tricked Zarzycki into meeting him at a local Dairy Queen after he told her he was planning a surprise birthday for his son.
The remains of the Zarzycki were found nearby in 2008 after Ream led police to the body.
Kathie Lucas held a photo of her sister, Kimberly King, as she told WXYZ this week's search is the best chance for justice in decades.
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