HUMAN remains found in the home of serial killer Billy Mansfield Jr. have been identified as Theresa Caroline Fillingim who disappeared from Tampa more than four decades ago.
The remains were discovered in the home of the family of the convicted child molester after his brother Gary Mansfield tipped off the Florida police after a drug bust in October 2020.
Margaret Johns told WFLA the Hernando Country Sherriff office confirmed the remains of her sister, who disappeared in 1980 at the age of 17.
Margaret said a cold detective contacted her in July 2021 and told her she was looking for someone who “may have lost a sister” in 1980 in Tampa or Hernando Country area.
Officers visited Margaret in Cape Coral to establish a timeline and collect a DNA sample, to help with the closure. The DNA sample returned positive.
“He said this is the first cold thing he’s ever had that has gone so far: to deliver the remains completely to the family,” John explained.
Teresa’s remains are currently at the Hernando County Medical Examiner’s office and are expected to be delivered to the family at a designated cemetery.
“The sad part of it is that my whole family never knew what happened to them. My father died without knowing, my mother died without knowing … my sister died without knowing.”
Mansfield killed four women and girls in Florida and a California woman between 1975 and 1980, and buried the bodies of four victims in the Spring Hill family home.
Three of his victims have been identified as mother-of-three Rene Abbey Saling, 29; Sandra Jean Graham, 21, and Elaine Louise Ziegler, 15.
Mansfield’s murders came to light after Saling’s body was found near a campsite where the Mansfield brothers were staying in California.
The discovery led to a search of the junkyard around the family’s mobile home in the Weeki Wachee Acres area of Spring Hill.
The skeletons of Graham and Ziegler’s were discovered near the house, as well as a partial skeleton.
Two other women, whose remains were found on the property where Gary and their father William Mansfield Sr. still live, remain unknown.
Legal documents documented the torture that took place at the Spring Hill home – described by neighbors as the “House of Horrors”, as well as the involvement of all three Mansfields in the sexual abuse of the victims.
Mansfield – a then 25-year-old electrician – was convicted and sentenced in 1982. He is currently in a health care facility in California and is serving four life sentences.
At the time of his arrest, Mansfield’s father was spending time in prison for sexually abusing dozens of young children – with one girl just nine months old when the abuse began.
The son of the serial killer, also known as Billy, said he believes there may be “many more” bodies hidden on the property.
“Personally, I think there are a lot. I just can not see anyone stopping at one. And when there are four and five, you do not stop at one, you do not stop at four and five,” he said. WFLA.
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