Vann led police to six female bodies after the discovery of a 19-year-old female body at a Motel 6 in Indiana.
By H. Nelson Goodson
October 20, 2014
Hammond, Indiana - On Saturday, police detained Darren Deon Vann, 43, of Gary, Indiana for questioning in the strangulation death of Afrika Hardy, 19, on Friday at a Hammond Motel 6. Hardy allegedly was a prostitute who met Vann at the motel. Vann used the Chicagobackpage dot com to contact Hardy, according to police.
Vann also confessed to police of other homicides involving women. Vann led police to three bodies in Gary, identified as Anith Jones, 35, of Merrillville, Indiana, Teairra Batey, 28, and Christine Williams, 36, both of Gary, Indiana.
According to police, another unidentified three female bodies were found, but have not been identified by the Lake County Coroner's Office. Six of the murdered victims were found in Gary.
Vann is expected to be charged with Hardy's homicide today, Monday.
Vann, originally from Austin, Texas is a registered sex offender for a 2009 Travis County conviction who later moved to Indiana a decade ago. He registered as a sex offender in Indiana in June 2013.
Vann has not been charged for any of the homicides. But, he has admitted of committing additional homicides in Hammond between 1994 and 1995, according to police. The homicide investigation is ongoing and police have not verified, if he is a serial killer.