Wednesday, March 31, 1999

Torture investigation widens FBI adds profilers to sex probe team

ELEPHANT BUTTE, N.M. {AP} Dozens of FBI agents, including psychological "profilers" specializing in macabre crimes, converged on a trailer home Tuesday in an apparent murder investigation that began with a case of sexual torture.

The case began to unfold when a woman escaped from the home wearing only a padlocked metal collar attached to a chain.

She said she had been kidnapped and tortured by David Ray and Cindy Hendy.

Another woman then came forward and said she, too, had been tortured. And then a friend of Ms. Hendy's told a TV station that Ray had killed four to six other victims, mutilated the bodies and dumped them in Elephant Butte Lake, 150 miles south of Albuquerque.

Investigators have been searching the dusty half-acre lot around Ray's double-wide trailer home for several days. They have expanded their search for victims or witnesses into Arizona and Texas and urged anyone else who escaped the couple's torture to come forward.

Investigators have refused to say exactly what they are looking for.

Ray, 59, is charged with kidnapping and criminal sexual penetration.

Ms. Hendy, 39, is charged with kidnapping and accessory to criminal sexual penetration.

Both are charged with conspiracy and assault.


Associated Press

FBI agents remove and catalog items from David Parker Ray's double-wide mobile home Tuesday in Elephant Butte, N.M. Ray and a live-in companion are charged with kidnapping and rape.

Albert Costales, Ray's attorney, said his client is innocent.

"I do not believe any of it is founded on anything more than rumors, sensationalism," he said.

The woman who escaped wearing the collar told authorities she met Ray and Ms. Hendy in Albuquerque, where Ray showed her a badge and told her she was under arrest for prostitution.

She said she was sexually tortured and shocked with electricity over three days at their home near the lake before escaping March 22.

John Branaugh, a friend of Hendy's, told KOB-TV on Monday night: "Ray has put four to six bodies in this lake and others buried in the desert. When he's done, he gets his surgical tool or whatever, splits them right down the middle and that's why they have no buoyancy."

Branaugh could not be reached Tuesday.

1999 The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal