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Thursday, August 26, 2004 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Skull fragment found near Green River

The Associated Press

AUBURN — King County sheriff's deputies returned to a site in this south Seattle suburb today where a skull fragment was found the day before.

Search crews were looking for any more remains near Auburn-Black Diamond Road and Highway 18, not far from the Green River.

Sergeant Mark Toner said investigators consider possible links to the Green River serial killings any time human remains are found near the river where the first victims were found in the early 1980s.

"Any case we're going to deal with, we're going to look at every possible option, which would include that," Toner told KIRO Television.

But King County sheriff's spokesman John Urqhart stressed that investigators approach every case with an open mind and that there was not yet any reason to believe there's a connection.

Last year Gary Ridgway, a former truck painter from Auburn, pleaded guilty to killing 48 women, making him the most prolific convicted serial killer in U-S history.

He told investigators he killed several more women, but can't recall where he left their bodies.

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