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2 slay victims tied to drug facility

WORCESTER -- Investigators are looking into a possible link between at least two of the three women whose bodies have been found in the towns of Hudson and Marlborough.

Dinelia Torres and Carmen Rudy both had spent time in 1999 at the Linda Fay Griffin House, a residential substance abuse treatment program, friends who were in the program and relatives told the Telegram and Gazette of Worcester. But it is unclear whether Torres and Rudy were acquaintances.

Torres's body was found last week in Hudson. The remains of Rudy and a third woman who has yet to be identified were found in neighboring Marlborough in late September.

Torres and Rudy also had other similarities, the newspaper reported. Both were petite, of Puerto Rican descent, and had run-ins with the law.

Jackie Rudy, Carmen's sister, said the similarities between her sister and Torres have startled the family. In fact, Jackie Rudy said, she called the Torres family to offer her support.

"We are bound by this ugly tragedy," she said. "They are in our prayers. Dinelia looked familiar. I would not be surprised if Carmen knew her."

Investigators would not comment to the newspaper on whether there are any suspects; they also said there were no new developments in the case.

Middlesex District Attorney Martha Coakley has said a serial killer may be preying on women who live on the fringes of society.

The newspaper yesterday published a computer-generated image of the third victim's face.

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