KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The second of two human skulls found in the home of a man jailed in a sex abuse case has been identified as that of a Wichita, Kan., man, but no murder charges have been filed, prosecutors said Thursday.
The decomposed head found buried in Robert Berdella's back yard last month was that of Larry Pearson, 21, who police identified through dental records, said Jackson County Prosecutor Albert Riederer.
Pearson's family in Wichita was notified Wednesday after police identified the skull, Riederer said at a news conference. A relative said family members reported Pearson missing a year ago, but the prosecutor said a missing persons report was not filed.
Also Thursday, Riederer said two men who have been missing for several years were among those pictured in photographs found at Berdella's house.
Berdella, 39, has been jailed since April 2 on charges stemming from a sexual abuse-torture case in which a 22-year-old man claimed he was held captive in Berdella's Hyde Park house for five days.
Riederer confirmed earlier this week that the skull found inside Berdella's house was that of Robert Sheldon, 23, formerly of California but who lived in Kansas City for at least two years. Sheldon in 1985 listed Berdella's house as his residence.
Pearson also had lived at Berdella's house during his stay in Kansas City, Riederer said. Both men were among 19 men pictured in more than 200 photographs confiscated from Berdella's house. The pictures depicted men being tortured and at least one man who appeared dead, police said.
Sheldon and Pearson were among the photos of seven men released to the news media late last month for identification purposes, Riederer said.
Of the 19 men, all but one has been identified and all but three of the men have been accounted for, Riederer said. The two men who have been identified but not located are Jerry Howell and Walter Ferris, said the prosecutor.
Howell was reported missing in 1984 and Ferris was last seen in 1985. Families of both have long claimed that the two men were last seen with Berdella, authorities said.
Riederer said there is still not enough evidence to file murder charges against Berdella.
'There may well be further charges filed in the future,' he said. 'This case is no different than any other murder case (in terms of evidence needed).'
Authorities still need evidence of how Sheldon and Pearson died, whether they were killed and who killed them, he said.
'I think it would be irresponsible to forge ahead and file a charge that we couldn't sustain at trial.'
Berdella is being held in the county jail in lieu of $750,000 bond on charges stemming from the torture case, in which the man, wearing only a dog collar, told police he had escaped from Berdella's house after five days of physical and sexual torture.
Berdella is charged with seven counts of sodomy and one count each of first-degree assault and felonious restraint in that case.
Police started digging up Berdella's back yard April 3, the day after Berdella was arrested and after earlier finding inside the house a skull and the more than 200 pictures.
Pearson's uncle, Ivan Pearson of Wichita, said his nephew left the area a year ago for Kansas City and that relatives hadn't seen him since.