CASPER, Wyo. — An imprisoned serial killer has been charged with murder in connection to the 1977 killing of a 28-year-old woman whose remains were found in southwest Wyoming.

Rodney Alcala on Tuesday was charged with first-degree murder in connection to the death of Christine Ruth Thornton.

Investigators believe the now 73-year-old Alcala killed Thornton in Sweetwater County based on a photo that appears to show her on remote public land near Granger, near where her remains were found. The photo was found while searching Alcala’s possessions during a previous investigation.

Alcala is imprisoned in California’s Corcoran State Prison and is sentenced to death. He has been connected to six murders in two states, though authorities estimate he may have killed up to 130 people across the country.

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