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Sister Identifies Body of Brother in Morgue 12 Years

July 5, 1985

HOUSTON (AP) _ A teen-ager whose body has been in a Houston morgue for 12 years since he was killed in a mass murder spree that claimed 27 lives has been identified by his sister, a medical examiner said.

Harris County Medical Examiner Dr. Joseph Jachimczyk said the body of William Karmon ″Rusty″ Branch Jr. was identified by his sister, Susan McLemore on Wednesday.

Branch, son of a former Houston Police officer, was 18 years old when his family reported him missing in 1973.

He was the 23rd victim identified in the case surrounding the mass murder ring headed by Dean Arnold Corll. Remains of four other young white males are in special containers at the county morgue waiting to be identified, Jachimczyk said.

″Now I can bury him and put him to rest with his family instead of leaving him in the morgue,″ Ms. McLemore, 26, said.

The murders committed by Corll and accomplice, Elmer Wayne Henley, came to light Aug. 8, 1973, when Henley, then 17, told Pasadena police he fatally shot Corll, 33, after Corll threatened his life.

Henley then led investigators to a boat stall in southwest Houston where police unearthed 17 bodies. He later led detectives to additional gravesites at Lake Sam Rayburn and High Island beach where 10 bodies were found.

Henley was sentenced to six life prison terms for his role in the torture- murders.

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