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L.A. County sheriff seeks info on 50 women possibly missing for decades

Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES- Homicide investigators are trying to find at least 50 women they have linked to a man who is in prison for killing two women in the early 1980s, officials said.

A sheriff's department statement said they may have been rape or homicide victims between and 1975 and 1984.

The man, whose identity was withheld pending an official request for public help Tuesday, was known to photograph women he met at Los Angeles bars in the 1970s and 1980s, Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said Monday.

He said the man was serving his sentence in a California state prison for killing two women he had photographed.

Some of the unaccounted-for women were in photographs the man had kept, Whitmore said, though it wasn't immediately clear how many.

Officials would not release any further details ahead of a news conference planned for Tuesday afternoon, including when the man was convicted, why the information is coming out now and how long investigators have known about the photos.

The unaccounted-for women were believed to have lived in West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Culver City, Inglewood and local beach cities.

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