Cleveland police search for more bodies after three found buried
Registered sex offender in custody believed to be fascinated with convicted killer Anthony Sowell
A police chief in suburb in East Cleveland, Ohio has told searchers that he believes there could be one or two more victims in addition to three bodies found earlier.
The bodies, believed to be female, were found wrapped in plastic bags about 150 yards apart.
Police chief Ralph Spotts told volunteers checking vacant houses to be alert for smells of rotting. He declined to elaborate on other possible victims. East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton said authorities have a lot of reasons to suspect there are more, but he refused to say why.
Mr Norton says a registered sex offender is now in custody and suspected of killing three people in about 10 days. He hasn’t been charged.
He said the man led authorities to believe he might have been fascinated with convicted killer Anthony Sowell. It is feared there may be more bodies in the neighbourhood.
Sowell was convicted in 2011 of killing 11 women and hiding their remains around his Cleveland home. He is facing a death sentence.
Police said a body was found on Friday in a garage and two other bodies were discovered yesterday — one in a back yard and the other in the basement of a vacant house.