Investigation into possible serial killer continues in Indiana; Man charged

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Lake County, Ind authorities have formally charged a Gary man suspected of murder.

43-year-old Darren Vann was identified as a suspect in at least seven murders and authorities say there could be more.

Vann was charged in the death of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy. She was found Friday strangled to death at a Hammond Motel 6. Police maintain she was a prostitute. Vann met Hardy through the website Chicagobackpage.com.

Evidence quickly led detectives to Vann's Gary home where they arrested him.

Police say he later confessed to six more murders.

28-year-old Teaira Batey was among the bodies found over the weekend in an abandon home in Gary. She went missing in January. Her mother Gloria Cullom said she was mentally disabled. She calls her a sweet person who trusted everyone.

Gloria Cullom says she never felt like detectives were focusing properly on the case of her missing daughter. They put her off, she says, and barely responded to her inquiries over the months.

35-year-old Anith Jones of Merrillville and Christine Williams of Gary were also found dead.

Vann remains in the custody of the Hammond police department likely awaiting more charges.

Authorities in Gary say Vann has said why he allegedly committed the murders but detectives just aren't sharing that publically yet as the investigation is ongoing.

Vann is expected in court Tuesday.

 

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