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New Albany asks FBI for help in Gibson case

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NEW ALBANY, IND. (WDRB) -- The New Albany Police Department is calling on the FBI for help in the William Clyde Gibson case.

Chief Sherri Knight says detectives are here combing through the house once again, looking for any more evidence they might have overlooked after discovering the remains of 35-year-old Stephanie Kirk.

Investigators say they found her body in Gibson's backyard close to his deck.  The coroner says it appears she was strangled.

Gibson, a sex offender, is also charged with the deaths of 75-year-old Christine Whitus and the 2002 murder of 45-year-old Karen Hodella.  Investigators say Whitus was strangled.  Hodella's cause of death has not been determined because of the condition her body was in.

Prosecutor Keith Henderson says he is waiting on Kirk's final autopsy and toxicology results before charging Gibson with her death.

Chief Knight says she recognizes the magnitude of the case and has reached out to federal agencies to help out, including the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit or BAU:  "Mostly we're looking for assistance in identifying other potential victims as well as other places that Gibson may have worked or traveled other than southern Indiana...Our focus now is on identifying other potential victims of crimes and bringing those people justice and closure."

Investigators will not say right now whether there are any other victims.  It could take days before Kirk's autopsy comes back, and investigators say that's when they'll decide if more charges will be filed against Gibson.

Chief Knight says they believe Gibson acted alone and there's no reason for neighbors to be concerned about their safety.  If Gibson is convicted, he could be sentenced to 160 years or the death penalty.

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