The bodies of three women have been discovered in East Cleveland wrapped in plastic and placed in the fetal position, leading police to fear it may be the work of a serial killer trying to emulate a grisly series of murders committed just a few years prior.
Police said they are continuing to search through vacant houses in East Cleveland and expect to find more victims, according to The Associated Press. One man, a 35-year-old and registered sex offender, is in custody but has not yet been charged or named.
The man was reportedly arrested Friday after police received word of a foul odor coming from the garage of a vacant house. Two more bodies were found on Saturday, police said. All the victims were believed to have been killed within the last two weeks.
East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton told The Associated Press that the man in custody "said some things" that made authorities believe he was influenced by convicted serial killer Anthony Sowell, sentenced to death in 2011 for the killings of 11 women. Sowell kept his victims' bodies in his home, wrapped in plastic bags.
Norton reportedly added there are "lots of reasons" to suspect there are more victims yet to be discovered in the numerous abandoned and bank-owned vacant houses throughout the city.
Unnervingly, the bodies were recovered just miles from where Ariel Castro allegedly kept three women in captivity for nearly a decade.
This video is from The Associated Press, published Sunday, July 21, 2013.
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