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Suspect Held In Investigation Into Murder Of At Least 7 Indiana Women

The bodies of seven women were found this weekend in northwest Indiana. According to officials, a man in custody has confessed to their murders and gave police information on where to find three of the bodies.

According to the Lake County coroner’s office, seven bodies were discovered in Gary and Hammond County on Monday morning. At a press release, police identified the man held in custody as Darren D. Vann, 43, who is a registered sex offender in Texas. Police warned that the body count may increase, CNN reported.

The man is accused of killing a woman on Friday at a Motel 6 in Hammond. He led police to several bodies left in abandoned homes in nearby Gary, Indiana. Officials say Vann served time in Texas for sexual assault and may also be responsible for two murders in the 1990s.

So far, Vann has been charged with the murder of Afrika Hardy, 19, a prostitute found strangled in the motel on Friday. Police responded to a call of an unresponsive person at the motel and found Hardy’s body, Fox News reported. According to police, Hardy’s pimp gave police information that led to a search warrant on a home and taking Vann into custody.

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The suspect Hammond arrested for the Motel 6 murder is an admitted serial killer.
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While in custody, Vann told police where to find three more bodies in Gary. Police discovered the body of Anita Jones, 35, on Saturday. She was reported missing by family on October 8.

The deaths of the three women found on Sunday night were ruled homicides. One victim was strangled with unspecific injuries reported for the other two women, according to USA Today.

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