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Former Utah residents among those found dead in Illinois killings

Former Utah residents among those found dead in Illinois killings

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(AP Photo/Dixon Telegraph, Alex T. Paschal)

GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) -- An exhaustive, two-state manhunt for an ex-convict suspected in eight grisly slayings has ended with the man quietly arrested outside a bar known as a police hangout.

Two former Cedar City, Utah residents were among the victims identified.

The FBI on Tuesday launched a manhunt for Nicholas T. Sheley. Investigators say all eight victims appear to have died from blunt force trauma.

Authorities said the killings began with the beating death of a 93-year-old man whose body was found stuffed in the trunk of a car Thursday.

On Monday, police discovered the bodies of two men, a woman and a child in an apartment in nearby Rock Falls, Ill. Investigators believe they likely died late Saturday or early Sunday.

The Whiteside County coroner identified two of the victims as Kilynna Blake, 20, and Dayan Blake, 2, both from Cedar City, Utah.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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