Relatives to give DNA in Baumeister’s real estate search

WESTFIELD, Ind. — The search to identify the remains on the former property of a suspected serial killer has crossed state lines.

Hamilton County Coroner Jeff Jellison confirmed that 12 people have so far contacted his office to provide DNA, including some from outside Indiana.

They are hoping to find out if any of the bones or remains found at the former Westfield estate of suspected killer Herbert Baumeister belong to their relatives.

Jellison also confirmed that cadaver dogs searching the property had shown interest in around 20 different locations.

Baumeister died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on July 4, 1996. Weeks earlier, investigators began searching Baumeister’s property after his son discovered bones about 60 feet from the family home. .

Investigators suspected Baumeister of luring men to his home for sex, killing them, and dumping their remains on his property.

The remains of 11 to 25 people were found on the old estate. Only eight victims have been identified.

Jellison hopes DNA from family members can identify the remains.

“It’s about trying to find additional remains, trying to identify those remains, and providing closure to those families,” Jellison said.

During the investigation, approximately 10,000 bones and bone fragments were found on the Baumeister family’s former 18-acre estate.

Anyone who suspects loved ones may have been one of Baumeister’s victims can contact the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office at 317-770-4415.

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