Gary Serial Killer Arrested, Suspected in More Deaths

Convicted sex offender Darren Vann, who was arrested and charged Saturday for the murder of an Indiana woman, was charged on Wednesday for the murder of another woman, according to prosecutors.

Wednesday’s charges concern the death of Anith Jones, 35, whose body was found in Gary, Indiana. Vann was charged with the death of Afrikka Hardy, 19, on Saturday: her body was found in nearby Hammond.

According to court documents, both women had been working as prostitutes. The cause of death for both was strangulation.

Vann, 43, told police he had consensual sex with Jones before strangling her and disposing her body in an abandoned house. Her body was covered with tires and teddy bears, according to court documents.

Hardy’s body was found by an associate in a Hammond motel. According to the Washington Post, a woman, identified as a “facilitator,” called Hardy several times after her “appointment” with Vann ran long. The woman drove to the motel with a male friend and found Hardy’s body in the bath tub.

The facilitator gave police Vann’s phone number and he was soon found and arrested in Gary.

Investigators said Vann was cooperative during his arrest and soon told authorities where they could find six other bodies in abandoned Gary homes.

Jones was the first body found after Vann’s confession. On Sunday, five other bodies were found throughout Gary—including two more in the home where Jones was found. The causes of death were not detailed for the other victims.

The other known victims have been identified as Teairra Batey, 26; Christine Williams, 36; and three unidentified African American females.

“It is possible that the investigation will lead to more victims,” Police Chief Doughty said. He believes that Vann’s alleged crimes could go back upwards of 20 years.

Vann appeared in Lake County Superior Court on Wednesday, where he refused to speak to a judge. His arraignment was cancelled and he is currently held in contempt of court.

His hearing is postponed until next week.

Lake County investigators asked that anyone with information about the victims call 219-755-3267.

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