Search begins in NM sex torture case

By the Associated Press | October 11, 2011 | 3:05 PM EDT

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. (AP) — Federal and local law enforcement agents are combing the dried banks of a New Mexico reservoir for possible victims of a man convicted a decade ago of sexually torturing women.

Authorities fanned out on the southern end of Elephant Butte Reservoir to search nearby caves for any remains of missing victims of David Parker Ray.

The FBI says it has received new information about possible victims who may have been buried in the area.

Authorities have long believed that Ray, who died in 2002 while serving life in prison for sexual torture, buried some of the 40 victims he claimed to have had.

No bodies have ever been found. Ray was arrested in 1999 after a naked woman wearing only a dog collar and chain fled his home.