Darren Deon Vann is a suspected American serial killer. He was arrested in October 2014, at the age of 43, for the strangulation death of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy at a Motel 6 in Hammond, Indiana and has confessed to the murders of six other women victims in Indiana. He led police to six of the women’s bodies, all of which were found in abandoned structures in Gary, Indiana.
The Background of Darren Deon Vann
Darren Deon Vann was born in Indiana. He was married for 16 years to a woman who was about 30 years older than him. He was reportedly arrested in Gary, Indiana for threatening the life of his girlfriend. He was charged with a class D felony and spent 90 days in jail. Vann was previously convicted in Travis County, Texas, of sexual assault and served five years in a state penitentiary, being released on July 5, 2013.
His wife filed for a divorce in August 2009 and their marriage was dissolved in April 2010. He also received an “other than honorable” discharge from the United States Marine Corps in 1993 after joining in 1991.
Arrest and Investigation
When 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy was found strangled in a Motel 6, authorities used Hardy’s phone records and located Darren Deon Vann. Upon apprehension, Vann was found to have possession of several key pieces of potential evidence which included Hardy’s phone.
During police interrogation Darren Deon Vann allegedly confessed to his involvement in Hardy’s killing and told police he was involved in other killings. He is currently being held in Hammond, Indiana. His first court hearing was scheduled October 22, however he was held in contempt of court. His next hearing was held on October 28 at Lake County Jail in Crown Point where he plead to two charges of “not guilty” filed against him so far.
Vann is suspected of murdering at least seven people. Three victims remain unidentified.
Afrikka Hardy, 19, had recently moved to Chicago after graduating from high school. She met Darren Deon Vann at a Motel 6 in Hammond, Indiana after he hired her through an escort agency. She was found dead at the Motel 6.
Teira Batey, 28, from Gary, Indiana, left to meet a friend but never came back. Her family waited to hear from her for a few days but reported her missing in late January 2014.
Anith Jones, 35, of Merrillville, Indiana, was last seen alive on October 8, 2014 and reported missing two days later. Her car was found parked in the driveway of an abandoned house in Gary, Indiana. After Darren Deon Vann was arrested, he pointed the police in the direction of an abandoned house in Gary where her body and two other unidentified victims were found. He was charged on October 22, 2014.
Kristine Williams, 36, was a resident of Gary, Indiana and a mother of four. She was employed at the time of her death. Her mother-in-law stated that she had not heard from Williams since February 2014.
Jane Doe #3
One, who authorities refer to as “Jane Doe #3”, was 5-feet tall and had shoulder length blonde hair with red tints. Lake County Coroner Merrilee Frey described her outfit as size 3/4 twenty-one black blue jeans by RUE21, paired with white, size six Nike gym shoes.
Jane Doe #5
Another victim, known as “Jane Doe #5”, was a five-foot, three inch tall woman of African American descent, who wore a silver-colored chain link bracelet with the engraving “Best Aunt”, and two silver rings: one with scalloped engravings, and the other in the shape of a heart.
Jane Doe #6
The third unidentified victim is an African-American woman referred to as “Jane Doe #6”.
Darren Deon Vann is in prison awaiting trial.
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