undated photo provided by Marvin Clinton, shows Teaira
Batey. Investigators in two states were reviewing
unsolved murders and missing person reports after the
arrest of Darren Vann who confessed to strangling one
woman, told police where to find six more bodies and
hinted at a serial killing spree over two decades.
Five more bodies were found Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in
other homes. Hammond Police Chief John Doughty
identified two of the women as Gary residents Batey,
28, and Christine Williams, 36.
— With hindsight, there were signs years ago of increasing
violence against women by Darren Vann, who police say has
confessed to killing seven women in northwestern Indiana and
is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.
court records from 2004 describe him grabbing a woman in a
chokehold, dousing her with gasoline and threatening to set
her on fire. He was sentenced to a year in prison.
In 2009, he
was convicted in Texas of raping a woman. She told police
that when she went to his apartment in Austin he knocked her
down and began to strangle her, hit her several times in the
face and said he could kill her, court records show. He was
released from prison last year, when he moved back to
cases, the charges against Vann were reduced in plea
bargains, and Texas officials deemed him a low risk for
violence. He registered as a sex offender in Indiana and
police made a routine check in September that he lived at
the address he provided.
photo provided by Lori Townsend shows Afrikka Hardy,
whose body was found Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 in a
bathtub at a Motel 6 in Hammond, Ind. Authorities say
Darren Vann, who was taken into custody Saturday,
confessed to Hardy's slaying, directed police to six
bodies in abandoned homes in nearby Gary, Ind., and
hinted at more victims over a 20-year span.
was not on our radar at all," Gary Police Chief Larry
McKinley said at a news conference Tuesday, adding that Vann
was never suspected of taking part in homicides in the days
or months before his arrest at the weekend.
43, is charged with the strangulation death of one woman in
Hammond, Indiana, and police say more charges are expected
after he directed them to the bodies of six more in nearby
Gary. Texas and Indiana authorities have been poring over
cold case files and missing person reports to determine if
there are more victims.
friends of victims said police should have known Vann was a
threat and taken reports of women disappearing more
Batey's family filed a missing person report in late January
when she had been missing for nearly three weeks. Her
mother, Gloria Cullom, said she repeatedly called Gary
police in vain hoping for news of her daughter. Batey's
fiance, Marvin Clinton, expressed similar frustration.
this June 2013 photo provided by Natasha Conway is
Anith Jones of Merrillville, Ind., whose body was
found Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in an abandoned Gary,
Ind., home. Authorities say Darren Vann, who was taken
into custody Saturday, confessed to killing Afrikka
Hardy on Friday in Hammond, Ind., and during
interviews directed police to Jones body in Gary, Ind.
Police found five more bodies Sunday in other Gary
homes and hinted at more victims over a 20-year span.
trying to find out, 'Have you heard anything. Do you have
any information for me?' Nobody ever called me back,"
police her daughter suffered from schizophrenia, was HIV
positive and had a cocaine habit. She had last been seen
with a male friend she called Popeye.
said the family knew "something had gone terribly
wrong" when they didn't hear from Batey, who has a
2-year-old son with Clinton and had given up prostitution
several years ago to focus on being a mother.
defended police handling of the reports.
take every report seriously," he said.
Police Chief John Doughty speaks at a news conference
Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Hammond, Ind. Police
investigating the slayings of seven women whose bodies
were found over the weekend in northwestern Indiana
say the suspect has told them that he may have killed
people going back 20 years. Chief Doughty says Darren
Vann will be charged Monday in the slaying of a woman
whose body was found Friday at a Motel 6 in Hammond.
Police say Vann provided information that led
authorities to the bodies of six other women in
abandoned homes in the nearby city of Gary, Indiana.
appeared to keep a low profile and follow the rules after
serving a prison sentence for sexually assaulting the woman
registered as a sex offender in Indiana in July 2013 after
he moved to Gary, said Patti Van Til, a spokeswoman with the
Lake County Sheriff's Department.
registered again in Indiana in July, in compliance with a
state law that requires sex offenders to re-register every
year, she said.
with the sheriff's department last checked on Vann on Sept.
had registered and complied with the requirements," Van
who knew Vann found cause for concern.
Matlock, his former stepson, said Vann would talk to himself
while staring into the distance. He said his mother and Vann
lived in an area of Austin known for prostitution and drugs,
and Vann would sometimes go walking around late at night.