Experts hoping maggots will help lead to victim IDs in Indiana murders

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The investigation into suspected serial killer Darren Vann continues as authorities in Indiana try to identify the bodies of three more of his alleged victims.

Natural science and forensic science will take center stage in this investigation in the next week or so while more people call about missing loved ones who may be Jane Does who have yet to be identified.

Three of the seven women allegedly killed by Vann are awaiting identification.  All the bodies were found in abandoned homes in Gary, most buried under debris.  The Lake County coroner is asking for help identifying these women from a forensic anthropologist in Indianapolis. He can pin point race, age, and how long they have been dead.  The remains were partially decomposed or skeletal.

If the anthropologist can't determine when these murders happened, maggots may be able to.  As gruesome as it may sound, a bug expert is examining maggots found at the crime scenes to give investigators a time frame in which these women were killed.  How old and big the maggots found at the scene are can help determine when the murders happened.

The coroner's office has also received several calls since new information was released yesterday on the victims, especially from pictures shown to the public of jewelry found on the unidentified women.

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