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Police uncover human remains in murder suspect's back yard

NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) - Police have found human remains during their search in the backyard of a man charged with two murders in southern Indiana.

No new charges have been filed against 54-year-old William "Clyde" Gibson.

Gibson is charged in the death of 75-year-old Christine Whitis and 45-year-old Karen Hodella.

Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson says they have discovered at least one individual while excavating Gibson's backyard. Henderson says it is too early to tell how long the remains have been there, but he does not believe it to be years. 

Since 2:00 on Friday afternoon, detectives and crime scene technicians have been in Gibson's backyard. They were led there based on information they developed earlier in the day. 

Crews have also been searching the Ohio River in the last two days. Police sources have told WAVE 3 that Gibson has made statements about missing 35-year-old Stephanie Kirk. She disappeared around Easter.

At this time, there is no identification of the human remains found Friday night. 

"There's always people concerned about loved ones and we would not speculate as to who this individual may be and again in due time, the police and the medical examiner will make those types of identifications," said Henderson. 

Gibson remains in jail without bond. Henderson says investigators will continue searching Gibson's backyard throughout the night. They hope to know the identity of the human remains sometime on Saturday. 

[Related story: Police search Ohio River for more victims after statements made by murder suspect]

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