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Richard Aguirre appears in court on Tuesday prior to his arrest Richard Aguirre appears in court on Tuesday prior to his arrest
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Spokane Police Captain Eric Olsen said in the month between naming Aguirre as a suspect in the murder and his arrest, detectives executed numerous search warrants at Aguirre's home and seized many of his electronic devices. The material found on those devices leads detectives to believe there are additional victims. 

Captain Olsen said based on videos found on Aguirre's devices, they anticipate additional sexual assault charges, including voyeurism and rape, to be filed against Aguirre, but they need those victims to come forward. Captain Olsen said there were multiple unidentified victims recorded during sex acts, and detectives think they were recorded without knowledge. 

During their investigation, detectives also spoke with some of Aguirre's family members. Court documents released on Wednesday say Aguirre's sisters said after the murder allegations against him came up, Aguirre admitted that within the time frame of Ruby Doss' death, he remembered having an encounter with a girl, but didn't know if she was a prostitute or not. Court documents say Aguirre told his sisters he met the girl at a "dance place" and they went off and sex in an industrial place. He said he wasn't sure if that was Ruby Doss. Doss' body was found in an industrial area near N. Fiske and E. Ferry in Spokane in 1986. 

Court documents also show that after he was contacted by Spokane Police detectives, Aguirre's sisters said he searched the internet for more information on the death of Ruby Doss. 

Detectives also spoke with a lifelong friend of Aguirre who said he frequented taverns and strip clubs with Aguirre in 1986 and 1987. The friend said that on at least one occasion, they solicited prostitutes. According to the court documents, after a night of drinking, that friend said Aguirre admitted that he "hit a woman in the head" and "choked her." The friend stated that Aguirre told him when he "walked away" he thought "she was still moving." 

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Spokane Police Detective Kip Hollenbeck stated in court documents that during his initial contact with Aguirre, and explaining the murder allegation, Aguirre did not deny killing Doss. 

Captain Olsen said at the press conference Wednesday morning that the Spokane Police Department is looking into all cold cases to see if there is a connection they can link Aguirre to, however so far there have been none officially found to be related. However, court records show that Detective Hollenbeck, who had previously investigated the death of Ruby Doss, also investigated the similar deaths around the same time Doss was found murdered. Marianne Tuner was found on November 4, 1986 and Kathleen Dehart's body was found on July 7, 1987. The investigations into those deaths are ongoing. 

Detectives are still asking that any women who may have been assaulted by Aguirre, or anyone with information relating to the Doss homicide, contact SPD Major Crimes detectives at 509-622-5849.

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