To make sure the toll isn't higher, Indiana authorities spent Tuesday canvassing abandoned properties in Gary, Indiana. This comes after authorities say Darren Deon Vann -- the man who, according to police documents, admitted strangling a woman inside a nearby Motel 6 room -- confessed to killing six others and led police to their bodies.
"This gentleman killed, and his MO was to put his bodies in these houses," police Sgt. William Fazekas said from Gary's Glen Park neighborhood, where several victims were found.
So teams of law enforcement officers hit the streets Tuesday, some accompanied by cadaver dogs. Gary Police Chief Larry McKinley said 35 officers spent the day going through about 120 structures, out of an estimated 10,000 vacant properties in the city of 80,000 people, and those efforts will continue.
Even without any admissions of more killings, authorities are not taking any chances.
"He has been accurate about the information that he has been given, but that does not mean that we are simply going on his information," said Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson.
As of late Tuesday afternoon, Vann, 43, did not have any legal representation and hadn't requested a public defender, said David Schneider, the chief public defender in Lake County, Indiana. Nor has he appeared in front of cameras or a judge; that will come Wednesday morning at a magistrate court hearing at the county jail in Crown Point.