Four More Bodies Found at Rapist’s Home
CLEVELAND - Cleveland police say what appears to be four additional bodies have been discovered at a home where a convicted rapist lived.
In addition to the remains found in the backyard of Anthony Sowell's home, police say a skull was found wrapped in a paper bag in a bucket in the home's basement. The coroner will also be asked to determine the source of the skull.
The bodies have been turned over to the Cuyahoga County coroner for further testing. If all testing bears out, it will bring to 10 the number of victims recovered so far from the house.
Police detectives will be at work throughout the night excavating the home's backyard.
Police Chief Michael McGrath said the fire department will be brought in Wednesday to search the home's walls, ceilings and beneath the floors for potential additional victims.
On Tuesday, Sowell, 50, was charged with five counts of aggravated murder as well as rape, kidnapping and felonious assault. He is scheduled to make his initial court appearance Wednesday morning.
The murder charges are connected to the first six bodies recovered last week at the home. Cuyahoga County Coroner Dr. Frank Miller, has determined five of those six victims were strangled and all were African-American women.
Miller is still trying to identify the remains of the initial victims using dental records.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson promised families of missing loved ones that they will be informed first when victims are identified and assured them that investigators are working as quickly as possible.
Sowell did not appear to have transportation, McGrath said, and when he did go anywhere, he did so by bus.
Sowell was released in mid-2005 after serving a 15-year prison sentence for rape.