April 26, 1997 in Nation/World

Security Guard Suspected In 8 Killings

Compiled From Wire Services

A security guard admitted killing three women from Illinois and Indiana last year, police said Friday, and media reports said the 32-year-old man is being investigated in five slayings in California.

Andrew Urdiales was charged with murder in the slayings of two women whose bodies were found in Chicago’s Wolf Lake, police Cmdr. Nathan Gibson said. The victims were from Chicago and nearby Hammond, Ind.

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department said it was also preparing charges against Urdiales in the death of a Hammond woman whose body was found in the Vermilion River near Pontiac, about 90 miles southwest of Chicago.

Urdiales, in custody since Wednesday, admitted to killing the three women who were believed to be prostitutes, Gibson said. Police recovered a .38-caliber pistol that matches the gun used to kill them.

Gibson said police notified California authorities of a possible link between Urdiales and killings in that state. Urdiales was stationed with the Marines at Camp Pendleton in California.

KCBS-TV in Los Angeles and Chicago’s Daily Southtown reported that he also had confessed to five California slayings.

According to KCBS, two of the killings were in Palm Springs, and two others were in other Southern California desert communities.

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