LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) Los Angeles police detectives say they have tentatively identified 29 of the 160 women whose photos were found in the home of Lonnie Franklin Jr., a mechanic suspected of being the "Grim Sleeper" serial killer.
Detectives said Monday none of those 29 women had been victims in the case, and the majority were alive and well. A few had died from natural causes.
The LAPD website where the photos were posted last week got thousands of hits. Police were inundated with phone calls, e-mails and other tips after asking the public for help in determining the fate of the women.
Detectives found almost 1,000 photos and hundreds of hours of home video of showing women, almost all of them partly or completely nude and striking sexually graphic poses.
Franklin is accused of killing 10 women from 1985 to 1988 and from 2002 to 2007. The 14-year pause led to the nickname "Grim Sleeper." Franklin's attorney has criticized the LAPD for releasing the photos, saying that the LAPD was "jeopardizing Lonnie Franklin's chance for a fair trial."
Anyone with information about the women in the photographs is asked to call 1-877-LAPD-24-7.