Originally created 10/16/00

Officials ID fourth victim



Bond has been denied for the man accused of killing four area women.

Reinaldo J. Rivera remains in the Richmond County Jail, where a committal hearing was held Sunday morning. He told Magistrate Court Judge John Baxter he wanted a court-appointed attorney.

So far, the 37-year-old Bridgestone/Firestone employee has been talking to police without one.

Authorities spent Sunday identifying the fourth alleged victim of Mr. Rivera but will not release the 18-year-old's name until they tell her family.

"We have to notify next of kin," District Attorney Danny Craig said. "That will not happen tonight."

Saturday's discovery of a white female - who Mr. Craig said was a blond-haired west Augusta resident - marked the fourth young woman authorities say had been killed by Mr. Rivera in the past two years.

While authorities would not confirm that Mr. Rivera has confessed to the slayings, they did say he has cooperated by giving the locations of the remains of two of his alleged victims - the woman found in Columbia County and Melissa Dingess.

The body of Mrs. Dingess, 17, was found Friday off Interstate 20 near Exit 5 in South Carolina. He is charged with murder in her death and the deaths of Fort Gordon Sgt. Marni Glista, of Augusta, and Tiffaney Wilson, of Jackson.

Richmond and Columbia county authorities found the latest body at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in a wooded area at 223 Wrightsboro Road near Harlem - about 300 yards from the road, hidden among thick brush behind an open field next to a murky pond.

No warrants against Mr. Rivera had been issued Sunday night after the Columbia County discovery, and the woman's body remained at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime lab in Augusta.

"A Columbia County sheriff's investigator will accompany the body to the State Crime Lab in Atlanta (today), where we hope to make a positive identification utilizing dental records," said Capt. Steve Morris, with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.}

Mr. Craig said the woman was an employee of Futurecall Telemarketing Inc. on Stevens Creek Road in Augusta, had a 16-year-old sister and a 14-year-old brotheroff Skinner Mill Road.

Calls made to Futurecall were not answered.

For the first time since the killing, a source close to the investigation revealed details Sunday of how Sgt. Glista came to be a victim. While previous reports hinted she was attacked in her home by an intruder, the source said she fell for the same photo shoot scam used in Tuesday's attack of an 18-year-old survivor in south Augusta.

Sgt. Glista was approached at a Food Lion grocery store, then led her assailant to her home on Oakridge Drive, according to the source. The killer sexually assaulted and strangled her. She was never stabbed.

A native of Madrid, Spain, Mr. Rivera has been living in the United States since 1970. He attended University of South Carolina in Columbia, where he earned a degree in administration.

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