The bodies of seven women found over the weekend in northwest Indiana have been been linked to an unidentified man who is in police custody and led authorities to three of the bodies, officials said Monday.
The women were found throughout Hammond and Gary, according to the Lake County coroner’s office. The Chicago Sun-Times cited police sources saying the man in custody is a 43-year-old resident of Gary. Hammond Chief John Doughty said police will have more information at a press conference Monday.
The flurry of grisly discoveries began when Hammond police responded to a call of an unresponsive person Friday evening at a Motel 6 and found the strangled body of a woman identified as Afrika Hardy, 19. As part of the investigation into her death, police executed a search warrant on a home in Gary, where they also took the person of interest into custody, Hammond Police Lt. Richard Hoyda told the Chicago Tribune in an email.
The man, whose name is being withheld pending charges, later confessed, Hoyda said, and gave police information on three other dead women, all in Gary.