A Gary, Indiana man is in custody after police discovered a woman’s body at a Motel 6 in Hammond on Friday. The possible serial killer has confessed to the murder and also led police to three additional women’s bodies, all in abandoned homes, on Saturday and early Sunday. As the suspect has not yet been charged his identity has not been released.
After the 43-year-old man was arrested at his home he confessed to the murder at the Hammond, Indiana Motel 6, and begin to confess to multiple additional murders, leading police to the location of three other bodies. At least one was decomposed, according to Gary Police Cpl. Gabrielle King. There is the possibility of even more bodies being recovered as the suspect is interviewed further by investigators.
Officials are being overrun with phone calls from the families of missing persons, but none of the bodies have yet been identified. They were recovered in the 1800 block of E. 19th Ave., the 400 block of E. 43rd Ave. and the 2200 block of Massachusetts in Gary, Indiana.
Autopsies are being conducted on all of the bodies. Police do not know if the deaths are connected. King said that first they need to identify the women’s bodies, then “do the timeline backwards to the last time someone saw them,” and who the last person they were with was. They do not know at the point how the women died.
The first woman found was wearing blue jeans and a black long-sleeved shirt, and had a belly ring and three rings on her finger. She had multiple tattoos according to the coroner’s office. A second woman also wore blue jeans and a green hooded sweatshirt. The third wore white Nike shoes and blue jeans.
Police were notified on Friday evening at about 9:30 that a person was unresponsive in a Motel 6 in Hammond, Indiana. When they investigated they found a woman dead in the hotel room. Hammond Police developed a lead that led them to the man’s home in Gary, where he was taken into custody. He is currently being held at the Hammond Police jail.
According to a 1998 federal law, the term “serial killings” is defined as a series of three or more murders, with at least one committed within the U.S. Common characteristics must exist that make it reasonably possible the crimes were committed by the same person. Mass murders are killings that occur at the same time. Serial murder requires a period between murders of days or even weeks.
There have been a number of serial killers in Indiana. Some were major headlines. Orville Lynn Majors was a former nurse charged with the murder of seven patients by injecting them with heart stopping drugs. He was convicted in 1999 and sentenced to 360 years in prison. The I-70 killer murders have never been solved. These were a series of shootings in 1992 that occurred in stores and communities along the highway. All but one of the victims were women. The most recent case of serial killing in Indiana was the 2003 murders of three Hammond teenagers. David Maust hanged himself in the jail where he was serving three consecutive life sentences for the murders.
The possible new serial killer in the current case of the four murdered women in Gary, Indiana is still being interviewed and has not yet been charged. The investigation is ongoing and few details are available at this time.
By Beth A. Balen