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May 12, 2015

Suspected serial killer of seven in Connecticut is identified

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William Devin Howell Contributed Art /Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice

William Devin Howell, 45, in prison for killing one woman, is now suspected of killing seven other women in Connecticut.

An alleged serial killer linked to the deaths of seven women in Connecticut has been identified as 45-year-old William Devin Howell, according to a Connecticut television station.

Police recently announced that they had found the partial remains of four bodies behind a shopping mall in New Britain, Connecticut where the bodies of three woman were discovered eight years ago.

Howell is currently serving a 15-year sentence for manslaughter in connection with the disappearance of 33-year-old Nilsa Arizmendi who was last seen in 2003. Howell was convicted in connection with her death in 2007.

Police said they found Arizmendi's blood in Howell's van during a search as well as the blood of another unidentified person. Police never found Arizmendi's body, according to an NBC station.

Reuters contributed to this report.