Manson Ranch Dig Called Off With No Remains Found

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Death Valley National Park, Calif (AP) A dig for graves at Charles Manson's last hideout has ended with no bodies found.

The search in California's rugged Death Valley has revealed little more than a .38-caliber shell casing and the underground nest of a pack rat.

Scientists who conducted a preliminary probe in February had identified several spots that they thought could be graves, leading to the exploratory excavation. But this week's dig found fragments of animal bones at one site, along with an ash pit and some stones
used to make arrowheads. Rangers determined it was of archaeological interest and stopped the digging.

Manson's clan was ultimately prosecuted for nine murders that took place in the summer of 1969. He is serving a life sentence at California's Corcoran State prison.