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Man held after bodies of four Indiana women found

HAMMOND, Ind. - An Indiana man confessed to killing a woman whose body was found in a Motel 6 and told police where the bodies of three more women could be found, police said Sunday.

Gary police found the bodies of three women at different locations in Gary late Saturday and early Sunday following up on information the 43-year-old man provided during questioning, Hammond police Lt. Rich Hoyda said.

The Lake County coroner's office said Sunday it had not determined the causes of deaths or the identities of the dead women.

Police discovered the body of the first woman about 9:30 p.m. Friday at a Motel 6.

"A friend of the deceased called us and she was concerned when she didn't respond to her calling," Hoyda said. "We were sent there and found that person dead."

Police investigating that woman's death obtained a search warrant for a home and vehicle in Gary. Police conducted the search late Saturday afternoon and took the man into custody. Hoyda said the man confessed during questioning and then told police "where several other female victims of possible homicide were located."

Hoyda wouldn't comment on how the man knew the women, on a possible motive or on whether the man confessed to killing any of the other three women.

Gary police Cpl. Gabrielle King said police received information between 11:07 p.m. Central time Saturday and 12:30 a.m. Sunday that there were bodies in three different locations in Gary. Those locations were within a four-mile radius. The motel in Hammond where the other body was found is about six miles west.

Hoyda said the man's name is not being released because he has not been charged. He would not say when charges will be filed. He is being held in the Hammond City Jail.

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