- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 28, 2005

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) — As if the twisted saga of Joseph Edward Duncan III was not horrific enough, there is a growing fear that the registered sex offender might have additional young victims in multiple states.

Police across the country are taking a closer look at unsolved killings for a possible connection to Duncan, who is accused of killing three persons in their Coeur d’Alene-area home in order to abduct two children for sex.

Duncan, 42, was arrested July 2 at a restaurant after a waitress found him with one of the children, 8-year-old Shasta Groene. Remains of Shasta’s 9-year-old brother, Dylan, were found in a Montana forest two days later.

Authorities have confirmed they are looking at Duncan as a potential suspect in four additional deaths, and Kootenai County Sheriff’s Detective Brad Maskell said numerous other law-enforcement agencies have made inquiries.

Duncan was 16 in 1980 when he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for raping a 14-year-old boy at gunpoint.

After his arrest last month, authorities say Duncan talked about three children who were killed while he was paroled between 1994 and 1997 and living in Seattle.

One, Anthony Martinez, 10, was forced into a car in the Southern California town of Beaumont in April 1997 as his friends watched. Sixteen days later a forest ranger found the boy’s nude, bound body.

Also this month, police in Oak Harbor, Wash., said they were investigating the possibility that Duncan was linked to the death of Deborah Palmer, 7, who disappeared on March 27, 1997, while walking to school.

Duncan also has discussed the killings of two half-sisters in the Seattle area, although authorities there said he did not confess and they have found no physical evidence linking Duncan to the deaths.

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