Mass. 'highway killings' case open again

May 4, 2007 at 5:49 PM

NEW BEDFORD, Mass., May 4 (UPI) -- A prosecutor in New Bedford, Mass., has re-opened the 19-year-old, unsolved Bristol County so-called "highway killings" case.

But District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter wouldn't connect the case to Thursday's State Police excavation of the driveway and patio at the former home of man who once faced charges in one of the killings, the New Bedford (Mass.) Standard-Times reported.

The highway killings case involved the deaths of nine women whose remains were found along highways near New Bedford in July 1988 and April 1989. Two women reported missing at the same time have never been found.

Former attorney Kenneth C. Ponte was indicted for murder in the death of one of the victims by a grand jury, but an independent prosecutor asked a judge to dismiss the charge, saying it wasn't based on any evidence.

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