A teen’s remains were recognized as one of the victims of the late serial killer Larry Eyler in an abandoned Indiana farm in 1983, 40 years after being discovered.
Serial Killer victim identification
Nearly 40 years after the late serial killer Larry Eyler’s death, a 17-year-old who authorities claim was drugged and killed by him has been recognized formally by DNA scientists. Keith Lavell Bibbs, a young Chicago man, was named the victim.
The Newton County Coroner’s Office, the Identify Indiana Initiative, the DNA Doe Project, and the Indiana State Police lab in Indianapolis identified Bibbs positively. McCord commended everyone who was engaged, including Rebecca Goddard, the chief deputy prosecutor for Newton County.
Over 40 years after his remains were found, Bibbs was identified by the Newton County Coroner’s Office in collaboration with the DNA Doe Project, Indiana State Police, and the Identify Indiana Initiative.
Confession of a serial killer
Before passing away in 1994 in an Illinois jail, where he was serving a death sentence for the 1984 murder of Chicago teenager Danny Bridges, age 15, Eyler admitted to at least 20 murders.
According to Pam Lauritzen, a representative for the DNA Doe Project, a non-profit that seeks to identify cold case victims, Eyler confessed to killing a Black man in July 1983 at a farm in Newton County in 1990 and characterized the victim as being in his late teens or early 20s.
Of the four corpses discovered in shallow graves in October 1983 at the abandoned property in Lake Village, some 60 miles (96 kilometers) southeast of Chicago, he is the last to have been adequately identified. Eyler had confessed that he had drugged them all and killed them.