Police seeking a suspect in a rape case have uncovered the bodies of six victims in a Cleveland home.
The series of events leading up to the gruesome discovery began last month when a woman accused Anthony Sowell, 50, of rape and “felonious assault.” Cleveland Police spokesman Lt. Thomas Stacho indicated that upon receiving cooperation from the victim, sex crimes detectives and SWAT team members armed with a search warrant called on the suspect in the course of the investigation. While Sowell was nowhere to be found, bodies began turning up at an alarming pace.
Two bodies in an advanced state of decomposition were found on the 3rd floor of the house. Detectives then discovered a “freshly dug grave” beneath the stairs on a subsequent search that day, uncovering another body. On Friday, detectives discovered two bodies in a crawl space and one in a shallow grave in the yard of the home, bringing the current toll of victims to six. No identifications have been made thus far in the case, and police say only two victims have been confirmed as females.
Sowell, who is said to support himself by “scrapping” (collecting and selling junk), is described as 6’0″ and 155 lbs. Cleveland Police are offering a $12,000 reward for his capture.