FRESNO COUNTY, California.- On Wednesday suspected serial killer Buford King was charged with three counts of murder after bones of three Central Valley residents were found on his property.
“King meets the criteria of a serial killer,’ said Fresno County Undersheriff Steve Wilkins. “Which the FBI defines as someone who murders two or more people in separate events.”
Wilkins said officers got a tip March from a source who said a man’s body was buried on King’s property in Squaw Valley. Detectives spent several days digging on 3-5 acres of the land. On the sixth-day, detectives found bones matching DNA of missing Squaw Valley man 35-year-old Aleksey Shelest last seen in 2016.
Several weeks later, officers got another tip from the same source who said more human remains were located at King’s house on the 16000 block of Avenue 264 in Visalia.
On April 26th, detectives found several more bones at both locations with DNA matching two missing persons: 51-year-old Alberto Contreras of Visalia and 62-year-old Donnie Lee of Squaw Valley. Contreras disappearance was reported in 2011 and Lee was first reported missing in 2016.
Police said King knew all three of the victims and Lee lived on King’s property for several months in 2016.
“My dad was a good man,” said Lee’s Jessica Brumley. “He was a hard-working man and it is sad he had to meet such sad circumstances.”
Wilkins said detectives are still investigating if King is connected to more murders.
“That is a definite possibility that there are other victims and we are still looking into that,” said Wilkins.
Suspicion into King began in 2017 when he was arrested for shooting a person in the foot and having explosive materials in his possession. Police said officers were suspicious of King but did not have any evidence to connect him to the disappearances.
The case is still under investigation and police are asking anyone with information to contact Detective Jose Diaz at 559-600-8204 or Crime Stoppers at 559-498-7867.
King’s bail was set at $3 million and will be back in court on August 21.