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For nearly two decades, four suspected victims of serial killer Terry Peder Rasmussen remained unidentified — only decomposed bodies found in two barrels. But on Thursday, authorities were able to name three of them.
The state attorney general's office confirmed one of the victims was 24-year-old Marlyse Elizabeth Honeychurch. Her two daughters, 6-year-old Marie Elizabeth Vaughn and 1-year-old Sarah Lynn McWaters, also were identified.
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The body of another girl found in a barrel hasn't been identified yet and isn't believed to be related to them. Authorities believe Rasmussen is responsible for all four deaths and that the unidentified body is his daughter's. Known as the Allenstown victims, the bodies of a woman and three children were found in two barrels near a state park in Allenstown, New Hampshire, in 1985 and 2000.
Rasmussen, who is suspected of killing at least six women and two children, died in a California prison in 2010. Attempts to reach relatives of Rasmussen have been unsuccessful.
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"This restores a level of dignity and respect to those that lost their voice over 33 years ago and certainly gives us an appreciation of who they were and how they lived," said New Hampshire State Police Col. Christopher Wagner, who met with relatives of the victims before the press conference that included family photos of the three .
Several relatives appeared at the press conference but didn't speak publicly.
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"The day comes with a heavy hearts," they said in a released statement. "Marlyse, Marie and Sarah were so loved by our families and they are greatly missed. We take solace in finally having the answers we have longed for."
Honeychurch was last seen in 1978 with Rasmussen, who was her boyfriend at the time.
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