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7th set of remains found in New Britain is missing Waterbury woman

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The seventh and final set of remains unearthed behind a New Britain plaza has been identified as a Waterbury woman, who went missing in 2003, according to police. 

At a news conference on Monday afternoon, police said the remains were that of Marilyn Gonzalez, who went missing near her home on Hillside Avenue around 10:30 p.m. on May 16, 2003. She was 26 year old, and the mother of two little girls, ages 11 and 7, police said. 

Police said Gonzalez would now have been a grandmother today if hadn't fallen victim to a serial murderer.  

Last month, sources identified a suspected serial killer, 45-year-old William Devin Howell, as the man behind the bodies. However, police said no arrest is imminent.

Howell is already behind bars on a manslaughter conviction from 2007.

Investigators released the identities of the first six sets of remains found behind 593 Hartford Rd. Several were first discovered in 2007.

The most recent two were identified as Danny Lee Whistnant and Nilsa Arizmendi, according to investigators.

The others were Melanie Caminili, Diane Cusack, Mary Jane Menard and Joyvaline Martinez.

So far, police have only officially linked Howell to Arizmendi's death. She was last seen getting into his van in Wethersfield in 2003.

Police will not say on Monday who if any blood belonging to these seven victims were found in the van of Howell.

Sources told Eyewitness News the family of Gonzalez was notified earlier Monday morning. They were not at Monday's news conference and have asked for privacy in this most difficult time.

At the end of Monday's news conference, the New Britain Police Department expressed condolences to all families who have loved ones victimized. 

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