By Sarah Moon and Cheri Mossburg, CNN
(CNN) – Law enforcement said they were still investigating the Zodiac Killer case as an independent group of cold case investigators showed up on Wednesday to say they had solved the mystery of who was behind the decades-old serial murders.
The Case Breakers, a team of 40 former law enforcement investigators, said they identified the man they believe to be the Zodiac Slayer using new physical and forensic evidence and information from eyewitnesses, according to a press release.
The group also filed affidavits in court and obtained decades of photos of the man’s former darkroom, Case Breakers said. They named the man in the statement, saying they believed he died in 2018.
CNN’s attempts to contact family members of the person named were unsuccessful.
The Zodiac Slayer is believed to be responsible for at least five murders in Northern California from 1968 to 1969.
In response to the new allegations, the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) confirmed to CNN that it was still an open investigation.
“We cannot speak to potential suspects as this is still an open investigation,” the SFPD said in a statement.
The FBI, which supported local law enforcement in the investigation, also did not acknowledge the allegations.
“The Zodiac Killer case remains open. We have no new information to share at this time,” the FBI said in a statement to CNN.
The Case Breakers also said in the statement that the man was responsible for the 1966 murder of Cheri Jo Bates in Riverside County, California.
Although the Riverside Police Department could not comment on the man identified by the case thugs, RPD information officer Ryan Railsback said the Zodiac Killer was certainly not the person responsible. of Bates’ death.
The only connection between Bates’ murder and the Zodiac Killer was a handwritten letter received by mail claiming responsibility, Railsback said.
The zodiac killer, who was never caught, gained notoriety by writing letters to the police and local media bragging about the murders until 1974.
Claiming to have killed up to 37 people, he also wrote letters in code and included pieces of bloody clothing to use as proof of the acts.
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