Experts To Return To Manson Ranch To Do More Testing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Forensic experts plan to go back to the
remote ranch where convicted killer Charles Manson lived before his
arrest to do more testing.

Inyo County sheriff officials said Friday that they want more testing done before they decide whether to dig in search of bodies.

Experts went to Barker Ranch in Death Valley National Park last month in search of possible unmarked graves of victims of Manson and his followers. The group stayed at the ranch just before their arrests for multiple murders in 1969.

A team from Tennessee's Oak Ridge National Laboratory now plan to go back and analyze soil for chemical markers that match those
released during decomposition of human bodies.

Officials say they'll decide whether to dig after these test
results are revealed around April 25.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-03-28-08 1355EDT


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