Many of the women will probably never be identified
Last week, police on Monserrate mountain in Bogota made a gruesome find: a garbage bag full of human remains near a wooden shack. A few hours later, police tracked down and arrested the person who lived in the makeshift, a man named Fredy Valencia.
Valencia quickly admitted to having killed over 100 women, and having left their remains in garbage bags on the mountainside near his shack. Valencia was homeless and jobless, and cobbled together his shack from shipping palettes and scrap wood.
Valencia would go into Bogota to find his victims. He chose homeless, drug-addicted prostitutes from the neighborhood known locally as "The Bronx," to ensure they would not be reported missing. Valencia lured the women back to his shack with the promise of a free meal and clothing in exchange for sex. Once there, he strangled the victims and disposed of their bodies.
Bogota police are having a difficult time finding the identities of the women whose bodies they are recovering from the mountainside. Most of the women were between 18 and 30, and it seems most of them have families who gave up on finding them years ago. Only one victim has been identified so far: Maria del Pilar Rincon, who ran away from home at the age of 13, and who was murdered by Valencia at the age of 26.