OREGON CITY, Ore., (CNN) -- Investigators on Monday were resuming
search for human remains at the home of a suspect in the
murder of two teenage girls after discovering two
bodies - including that
of one of the missing girls - buried in the
backyard over the weekend.
Meanwhile, a newspaper reported that the
father of suspect Ward Weaver
is on Death Row in California for two
murders, including that of a 23-year-old
woman whom he kidnapped,
raped and killed before burying her body in the
yard of his home.
POLICE ANNOUNCED Sunday that they had identified one of the bodies
on the property as that of Miranda Gaddis, one of two girls who
from the same apartment complex early this year. They
said the body was
found Saturday in a shed behind Weaver's rented
Investigators were continuing to work to determine whether the
set of remains, found Sunday in a barrel beneath a concrete slab
Weaver had poured behind the home, were those of the other missing
Ashley Pond, said Oregon City Police Chief Gordon Huiras.
No charges have been filed against Weaver, who is in custody
unrelated rape charge, but Charles Mathews, the FBI's special agent
in charge in Oregon, for the first time identified Weaver as a
in the case.
'A SAD CONCLUSION'
Miranda Gaddis, left, and Ashley Pond, two teen-age girls who
from the same apartment complex in Oregon City, Oregon
two months apart
"Obviously, this is a very sad conclusion to this investigation,"
Mathews said at a news conference. "On the other hand, I think the
has been resolved."
Weaver has denied involvement in the girls' disappearances.
There was no indication that investigators expected to find more
at the home, but FBI spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele said Sunday
agency was using "every legal means" at its disposal to
Weaver was arrested Aug. 13 on unrelated rape charges involving his
son's girlfriend. Following the alleged rape, the upset
son told 9-1-1
dispatchers that his father killed both Ashley and
Weaver remains in the Clackamas County Jail in lieu of $1 million
until the rape trial, which has been scheduled for Oct. 10. That
change if Weaver faces charges related to the bodies
Meanwhile, The Oregonian newspaper reported Sunday that Weaver's
father, Ward Francis Weaver Jr., is now on Death Row in California
The truck driver was convicted of killing a man whose car had
down and for kidnapping, raping and murdering the man's girlfriend,
23-year-old Barbara Levoy. Her body was found in 1982 buried beneath
deck at his home in Oroville, Calif., the newspaper said.
The prosecutor in that case, Ron Shumaker, said the elder Weaver's
truck route also matched up with 26 unsolved hitchhiker homicides but
was never charged with any of the other crimes, the Oregonian
For Barbara Levoy's brother, Bob Levoy, the search at the younger
home is raising bad memories.
"It's like it's all happening all over again," Levoy of Lebanon, Mo.,
KPTV in Portland. "And I know how the parents of those girls are
I'm glad they've finally started to do some digging."
Weaver's attorney, Timothy Lyons, told The Oregonian that his client
written authorization for the search because he wanted to
to the families."
SUSPECT KNEW GIRLS
Weaver knew Ashley, who was a friend of his daughter. She frequently
overnight at the Weaver house, went on a trip to California
last year with
Weaver and his daughter, and even lived at the house
for several months
last year while her own father was in jail on
charges of abusing her.
Ward Weaver, 39, of Oregon City, Ore., in a recent sheriff's
photograph Ashley disappeared Jan. 9. She was
last seen eating breakfast
with her younger sister and was to walk to
a bus stop near Weaver's home
in a low-income development tucked into
a wooded valley south of Portland.
Miranda's mother, Michelle Duffey, said she last saw her daughter on March
After the second disappearance, investigators interviewed scores
residents at the complex, went on national television with appeals
for information and passed out fliers with pictures of the missing
The FBI received thousands of tips, but were unable to single
out a suspect.
Then came the phone call from Weaver's son.
When residents found out, they urged authorities to dismantle
concrete slab that Weaver had poured shortly after Miranda's
and Ashley's former stepmother taped a sign reading
"Dig Me Up" to the
Weaver told reporters several months ago that the FBI considered
the prime suspect. Ashley had accused Weaver of molesting her the
previous summer, but he denied the allegations and was never charged.
'LIKE A DAUGHTER'
Weaver, a 39-year-old single father, told The Associated Press in an
last month that he treated Ashley as a daughter when she
came to visit.
He said he noticed Ashley often wore halter tops and
miniskirts, and that
he often asked her to change into something more
appropriate while at his
Eerie parallels emerge in Oregon City probe "My sister, the
time she saw Ashley, she told me I got to watch myself," Weaver
the time. "I said 'shut up, she's 12."'
Weaver has said he often gave Ashley a ride to school.
Weaver was evicted from the single-story house after his arrest
the rape charge, and the FBI began searching the property Saturday
Activity in the fenced-off yard picked up around 3 p.m. Saturday,
crime reconstruction teams, digging equipment and FBI agents poured
into the fenced-off area. A medical examiner's vehicle pulled up
two hours later and backed into a shed near the house.
Around that time, the girls' grandfathers - Don Martin and Wesley
Duffey - abruptly left the search scene, saying they had to be with
'GET TO YOUR FAMILY NOW'
"Wes got a call from the FBI that said, 'Get to your family now,' "
Cassie Winter, a friend of the families.
Mathews, of the FBI, later announced that the remains of one
had been found.
Neighbors reacted with horror to the discovery of human remains
the property and said the FBI should have acted sooner.
"I'm kind of surprised it took this long to really go in and
this place," said Aaron Hixon, a 28-year-old neighbor. "The girls
been in and out of his house. He certainly had the opportunity to do
whatever he wanted."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.