Three bodies, believed to be female, were discovered wrapped in plastic bags in a suburb of Cleveland.
Mayor Gary Norton said that police would continue to search in case there were other bodies. He added that a 35-year-old man had been arrested as a suspect, but he has not been charged. The man, an ex-convict, is on the sex offenders register.
Nortan, in an interview with the Associated Press, said that the man indicated that he may have been influenced by the actions of the convicted serial killer, Anthony Sowell. “He said some things that led us to believe that in some way, shape, or form, Sowell might be an influence,” Sowell, now on death row in an Ohio prison, was found guilty in 2011 of the killing of 11 women.
Local Police Commander Mike Cardill said that a woman’s body was found on Friday in a garage. The other two bodies were found in a vacant house, He thought that all three of the victims had been killed in the last six to ten days. The police were waiting on the coroner’s office to confirm the gender of the last two bodies.
Meanwhile, the unidentified suspect was being held in an East Cleveland jail.The mayor said: “The person in custody, some of the things he said to investigators made us go back today.”
The Plain Dealer reported that police, the FBI, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department checked on abandoned houses and used dogs trained to find dead bodies.
Some 17,000 people live in East Cleveland and it has a large number of abandoned properties.
Referring to the fact that there had only been 3 bodies found so far, the mayor said: “Hopefully, we pray to God, this is it,” he said.
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