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German nurse believed to have killed at least 84 patients

BERLIN, Germany — German authorities say they now believe that a nurse who was convicted of killing patients with overdoses of heart medication killed at least 84 people.

Niels Hoegel was convicted in 2015 of two murders and two attempted murders at a clinic in the northwestern town of Delmenhorst. But prosecutors have long said they believe he killed more people, last year putting the figure at 43.

The crimes came to light after Hoegel was convicted of attempted murder in another case. Authorities subsequently investigated hundreds of deaths, exhuming bodies of former patients in Delmenhorst and nearby Oldenburg.

Oldenburg police chief Johann Kuehme said Monday authorities have now unearthed evidence of 84 killings.

Kuehme said the scale of the killings is likely larger because some victims were cremated.