Six in Rapist's House Were Murdered, Women: Coroner

Still no IDs, partly due to advanced decomposition
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 1, 2009 2:47 PM CST
This undated photo shows Anthony E. Sowell. Police in Cleveland have arrested Sowell, a convicted rapist after they found as many as six bodies at his house.   ((AP Photo/Cleveland Police Department))

(Newser) – All six bodies found in the Cleveland home of a convicted rapist were female, and all were apparently strangled, police say. None of the victims found at the home of Anthony Sowell has been identified, a coroner's spokesman said today, and relatives of missing women have been coming forward to share and seek information. One of the bodies could be that of Sowell's sister, WTAM radio reports.

The first bodies were found Thursday night when police went to Sowell's home to arrest him on a new rape charge. Police say Sowell had spent 15 years in prison for a 1989 rape. The 50-year-old Sowell has been arrested, but no charges have been filed. Police are asking for the public's help in identifying missing people who may have been victims. (Read more Anthony Sowell stories.)