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Cadaver Dog Searches Indiana Buildings in Suspected Serial Killings

Investigators used a cadaver dog Tuesday to comb abandoned buildings after a man confessed to killing seven women and hinted that there could be more.
Image: Potential Serial Killer In Indiana Linked To 4 Murders
GARY, IN - OCTOBER 21: Lory Welch boards up an abandoned home in the 1800 block of East 19th Avenue October 21, 2014 in Gary, Indiana. According to police, Darren Deon Vann, 43, of Gary, allegedly left the body of Teaira Batey, 28, at this location. Vann is suspected in the deaths of at least seven women in northwest Indiana.John Gress / Getty Images

Investigators used a cadaver dog Tuesday to comb abandoned buildings in Gary, Indiana for more possible victims of a suspected serial killer who confessed to strangling one woman, directed police to six more bodies and hinted that there could be more slayings stretching back two decades.

Gary Police Chief Larry McKinley said about 20 officers had searched more than 90 homes slated for demolition in the downtrodden city and on Wednesday would turn to searching homes near abandoned properties where the six victims' bodies were found.

Autopsy reports are expected on some of those victims are expected later Wednesday.

"We need our residents to feel safe and for them to know that their Police Department is out on the streets taking the measures to ensure this," McKinley said in a prepared statement.

Darren Vann, 43, was charged Monday in the strangulation death of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy, whose body was found Friday in a bathtub at a Motel 6 in Hammond, 20 miles southeast of Chicago.

Vann is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Wednesday. He could face additional charges within days, authorities said.

Gary Police spokesman Tom Decanter said the FBI is helping local police, including with forensics analysis. Officers are also reviewing some 70 missing persons reports since 2010, although they have no specific information that any of those individuals had fallen victim to Vann, Decanter said.

Image: Darren Deon Vann
Darren Deon Vann, suspect in Gary, Indiana killings.Lake County Sheriff's Office


— The Associated Press