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At Least 15 Women ID'd in Grim Sleeper Photo Collection

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Using information provided by the public, the Los Angeles Police Department say "they have tentatively identified at least 15 of the roughly 160 women," whose pictures were part of a massive collection of images gathered as evidence from the home of "Grim Sleeper" serial killer suspect Lonnie Franklin, Jr, according to LA Now.

The LAPD released the images--many of them cropped because of their explicit nature--late last week in the hopes they could determine if there were women who could be considered victims of Franklin, or determine that the women were unharmed. They received hundreds of responses via e-mail and phone in response. There was some criticism levied against the authorities for releasing the images; Franklin's attorney said that "more than a dozen [of the women in the photos] were relatives or friends."

The 15 women identified have been determined to be "alive and well," while the detectives now have about 75 reliable tips to work on "that could prove important to the Franklin case."