Police return to home of suspected serial killer

Around 2:15 p.m., the perimeter went up, crews moved in and the shovels came out.

CNN Wire

6:03 PM CDT, May 15, 2012


Investigators in Indiana returned to the home of a suspected serial killer Monday. They dug up William "Clyde" Gibson's backyard. The 54-year-old has been charged with killing two women and is suspected in a third death.

"A lot of people are still in shock that they are still searching, and whatever is going on down there, a lot of people still in shock, and it's still scary,” said Glenda Davis Eubanks, neighbor.

Around 2:15 p.m., the perimeter went up, crews moved in and the shovels came out.  Joining New Albany police officers were forensic anthropologists from the University of Indianapolis.

Major Keith Whitlow said it didn't take long for them to call it a day.

"Especially the professor, he is able to look at the ground and make determinations as to disturbance and any timeline on something being dug up. They don't waste a lot of time. They know what they are doing, and they know how to evaluate the soil."

Whitlow said they brought the anthropologists in to check out two spots in Gibson’s yard on the heels of searches with cadaver dogs and ground sonar equipment. But by 5 p.m., no new evidence was uncovered.

"It's possible that the cadaver dog hit on the odor of decomposition that was there from the previous find out here a couple of weeks ago," said Whitlow.

Stephanie Kirk's body was found in Gibson’s yard a little more than two weeks ago.  

Right now, Gibson is charged in two murders of 75-year-old Christine Whitis and the 2002 death of 76-year-old Karen Hodella.

Police said their investigation is not over. And neighbors said they know better than to believe this is the last time they will see them on Woodbourne Drive.

"No, I think they still have a long ways to go over there," said Eubanks.

Police said they are contemplating whether to search other sites.