Man charged with 2 slayings in infamous Australian cold case

SYDNEY (AP) — A man has been charged with two counts of murder in a notorious cold case that terrified residents of Western Australia and became one of the country’s longest-running investigations.

The development in the so-called “Claremont serial killings” case comes two decades after three women vanished from the wealthy Perth suburb of Claremont in Western Australia. The remains of two of the women were later found in remote areas; the third remains missing.

Hundreds of police officers have tried to crack the case over the years. Authorities offered cash rewards for information and even asked a serial killer, David Birnie, for insight.

On Friday, Western Australia Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan said police had charged a 48-year-old man with the killings of two women, and with attacks on two other young women.