Remains may be those of victim of Front Range serial killer
The skeletal remains of a woman’s body found near Moab, Utah, on Wednesday may have been a victim of a suspected Front Range serial killer, 42-year-old Scott Kimball, according to Grand County Sheriff James Nyland.
Nyland said Kimball, a suspect in at least four deaths, told authorities he could lead them to the remains of two women he had killed in rural Grand County.
Nyland said Thursday, after a couple days of searching, they believe they have discovered the remains of Leann C. Emry. Emry of Washington was 24 when she disappeared. Her vehicle was found Jan. 30, 2003, off the Harley Dome exit, about six miles west of the state line.
Authorities believe Emry knew Kimball through a mutual friend and Emry’s photo was found on his computer after her disappearance.
Numerous bones which are believed to be a woman’s, were partially covered in dirt in a wash about 18 miles northeast of the interstate in a remote area, Nyland said.
The Grand County Sheriff’s Department and the Utah Medical Examiner’s Office are working to identify the remains.
“We’re glad to locate the bones. We’re hoping very much that this is Leann Emry,” Nyland said. “It’s closure for the family.”
Nyland said Grand County searchers, along with the FBI and authorities from Lafayette and Boulder, searched the area Wednesday for the remains of another woman Kimball has said is located there. That search has so far been unsuccessful. Nyland said he did not know the name of that woman, but her vehicle was reportedly discovered at the Denver International Airport in 2003.
Jennifer Marcum was a dancer at a Glendale strip club when she disappeared Feb. 17, 2003.
Her vehicle was found near the Denver airport. Kimball is a suspect in Marcum’s disappearance, as well as in the death of his 60-year-old uncle, Terry Kimball, and 19-year-old Kaysi McLeod of Thornton, who disappeared in 2003.
In May, a hunter in rural Jackson County found the skeletal remains of a woman who was later identified as McLeod.
Scott Kimball married Kaysi McLeod’s mother a year after she was reported missing.
Kimball now is in custody on unrelated charges. He was booked into Mesa County Jail by the U.S. Marshall’s Office Feb. 6, 2009, on a no-bond hold.
Nyland said authorities marched a closely guarded Kimball around the desert for the past two days in rainy weather, but Grand County officials were “getting tired of dealing with him because he was yanking them around.”
Along with the photo of Emry on Kimball’s computer, officials also found about 300 other images of bound and gagged women who were forced into sexual acts at gunpoint.