Suspected Indiana serial killer charged in second murder

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Investigators continue to search for victims and clues Wednesday as police filed a second murder charge against accused serial killer Darren Vann Tuesday.

Vann was charged with the murder of 5-year-old Anith Jones of Merriville. Investigators say Vann led them to the body of Jones, and five other women this past weekend.  All of them were found in abandoned homes in Gary.

43-year-old Vann appeared in a Lake County courtroom Wednesday morning to answer to the murder of Afrikka Hardy who was found strangled in a Hammond motel room Friday.

Vann did not speak in court. He did not acknowledge his name or address and wouldn't say he understood the charges against him.  He now has another court appearance next week.

The Lake County judge told Vann, if he refuses to cooperate in court and continues to refuse to even answer those simple questions, he can stay in jail for the rest of his life.

Meanwhile Wednesday, Cook County Sheriff’s police and involved in the search focusing in on the south suburbs. Sheriff Tom Dart says cell phone use places Vann in the Markham area between the time Hardy was murdered and Vann was arrested.

Police believe Vann was in the area for about 12 hours. They are searching abandoned homes with a cadaver dog and sheriff's police.  There are about 20 they need to search. They searched between 8-10 being today and after two homes, they found nothing.

As for any missing cases Dart’s department has, so far no matches to anyone who Vann may have been in contact with.

 

 

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