After Afrika Hardy, 19, was found strangled to death in a motel room in Hammond, Indiana, on Friday night, police took a man into custody. The 43-year-old admitted to the killing, then provided information that led police to the bodies of three more women in separate locations in nearby Gary, reports NBC Chicago. Two of the bodies were found in areas full of abandoned, fire-damaged houses, while a third was found in a "thriving" neighborhood in a house that was obscured by 5-foot-tall grass and weeds, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. And the count didn't stop at three new bodies: Police last night found three more in abandoned homes in Gary, though it's not clear if the man directed police to them, the AP notes.
The suspect is from Gary but is a convicted sex offender in Austin, Texas, reports WGN. Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson says several law enforcement agencies are now investigating the case. "We have evidence that he was in Texas and all over the United States," she says. "I would like them to complete the investigation, and I don't want to taint it with the prospect of calling this person a serial killer." Hammond's mayor was a little looser on Facebook, calling the suspect "an admitted serial killer" who "also admitted to a couple of homicides in Hammond back in '94 or '95." The man is still being questioned by police, who are expected to formally charge him and release his name later today.