Investigators searched but did not find any more bodies Tuesday at a vacant lot across the street from the Victorian boardinghouse run by Dorothea Montalvo Puente, who is a suspect in the deaths.

Police sealed off the 80-by-120 lot in the morning, waited for a judge to issue a search warrant, then began their digging in the afternoon.Capt. Mike O'Kane later reported the search uncovered nothing but "a lot of debris" and would be abandoned. It was triggered by a witness's report that Puente had frequented the site.

Puente, 59, will appear in court Dec. 15 to answer murder charges in the case. Police suspect her of killing boarders so she could cash their Social Security checks and other government aid payments.