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No more human bones found at Auburn search site

A recent search from King County Sheriff's detectives and volunteers found no more human remains in a steep, wooded ravine on Auburn's West Hill.

Officials were on the scene last week searching the grounds where the remains of Rebecca “Becky” Marrero were found on Dec. 21.

The search came up with animal bones, according to Sgt. John Urquhart of the Sheriff's Office, but no human remains.

The Sheriff's have no plans to return to the area.

A forensic odontologist positively identified a skull found in the ravine as Marrero, a likely victim of Green River Killer Gary Ridgway, detectives say.

Marrero, 20 at the time, was last seen on Dec. 3, 1982 when she left a motel room at South 168th and Pacific Highway South. She had left her 3-year-old daughter with her grandmother and was only to be gone a short while. Her family never heard from her again. Her mother reported her missing to the Sheriff's Office on July 20, 1984.

The Green River Task Force investigated her disappearance. Detectives have long believed Marrero to be a victim of Ridgway. Marrero was listed as one of several missing women on the original Green River Task Force list of 49 possible victims in the 1980s.

Three teenagers playing in the steep, wooded ravine spotted the moss-covered skull under a log and notified police.

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