Police conduct grid search on former Mall of Memphis grounds

Memphis police took new steps Wedneday to solve a pair of mysterious murders.  Last week, on separate days, skeletal remains of apparent murder victims were found on the grounds of the former Mall of Memphis.

The site of the former mall covers 95 acres, and on Wednesday morning, Memphis Police set up a grid search to look for additional evidence after last week's findings.  Memphis Police Lt. Toney Armstrong said police were looking for, "Any and everything that does not grow in that field."

Both bodies that were found last week were women, badly composed, and one of them was apparently stabbed to death.  Officials said the searchers hoped to find more evidence in those cases, not necessarily additional bodies.

"We have no reason to believe there are additional bodies out here, but this is one way to eliminate that," Armstrong said. "We want to make sure."
Recruits from the Memphis Police Academy were instructed to stay together and use their feet and hands to feel for anything unusual.

"We've come up with a plan to make sure we're not duplicating, walking back over land that's already been covered," Armstrong said.

Police have increased patrols in the area since the bodies were found, and are asking the property's owner to mow the grass and fix holes in fencing that surround the grounds.

Officials ask anyone that has information in the case, or that can identity the second body that was found, to call Crimestoppers at 528-CASH.