The bodies of at least seven women have been found in the northwest Indiana cities of Gary and Hammond, and a suspect is in custody.
According to The Associated Press, police found the strangled body of a woman at a Motel 6 in Hammond and arrested a suspect, who then led police to the locations of at least three other bodies. Four other bodies have since been found, mostly in abandoned houses in Gary and Hammond.
Fox News reports that Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. made a Facebook post on Sunday indicating that the suspect admitted to being a serial killer, who has admitted to “a couple of homicides” dating back to the mid-1990s.
“The suspect Hammond arrested for the Motel 6 murder is an admitted serial killer. The suspect gave up the location of a body in Gary that was confirmed found where he said it would be.”
According to ABC Chicago, the unnamed suspect is an admitted serial killer, and registered sex offender, who moved to northwest Indiana from Texas. As of this post, he has not been charged with any crimes.
As of this post, only two of the bodies have been identified. The strangled victim found in a Motel 6 has been identified as 19-year-old Afrika Hardy. According to Hammond police Lt. Rich Hoyda, Ms. Hardy’s body was found Saturday evening at around 9:30 p.m. local time, after police received a phone call.
“A friend of the deceased called us, and she was concerned when she didn’t respond to her calling. We were sent there and found that person dead.”
Following the discovery of Ms. Hardy’s body, police obtained a search warrant, which led to the discovery of the suspect, who confessed to the murder and led police to other bodies.
The other identified body is that of Anith Jones, 35, of Merrillville, Indiana, according to ABC Chicago.
Gary Police Department Cpl. Gabrielle King hopes to have the other bodies identified in the coming days.
“Once we find out who they are, we can do a timeline back to see who the last person was that they talked to or last person was who they were with and then the investigation can really take off.”
Ironically, the northwest Indiana murder victims’ bodies were found not far from heavy metal musician Rob Zombie’s Chicago-area haunted house attraction, which features a “serial killer” room, focusing on the John Wayne Gacy murders which took place in the area. The attraction has been called “in terrible taste,” according to this Inquisitr report.
As of this post, police have not released any possible motives, or how the accused northwest Indiana murderer knew the victims.
[Image courtesy of: ABC Chicago]