Updated May 8, 2018 12:41 AM EDT
MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Authorities digging forests in southeastern Michigan for the remains of a 12-year-old girl last seen in 1979 could also seek the corpses of up to one half a dozen others who have been reported missing over the years. The ditch was resumed Tuesday in Macomb Township, about 30 miles from downtown Detroit.
The search began on Monday for the remains of Kimberly King, but Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer told WJBK-TV that others in the area may be buried.
"We probably have reason to believe that (Kimberly) is buried there," Dwyer said. "We also believe that there may be four or six other girls reported missing who are buried there, and we are sure we have the right area, it's just a sad kind of situation."
Dwyer did not give the names of the other missing girls.
Ream, 68, serves life in prison. At the time of his conviction for Zarzycki's killing, he was serving a 15-year sentence for alleged harassment of a 14-year-old girl.
On Monday, officers using shovels and excavation equipment began to dig at the Macomb Township site. Police in Warren, Michigan, about 17 miles from the Macomb Township archaeological site, have long been searching for answers to the death of the 14-year-old King in 1979, and the newspaper reports hope to find them on the site.
King was missing when he visited her grandparents in Warren.
Ream was not charged with any of her death or any of the other missing girls.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to indicate that the police are in addition to the remains of four to six other missing girls.