Police discovered a seventh body at the Cleveland, Ohio, home of a convicted rapist arrested this weekend after the decomposing bodies of women were unearthed at his residence, a source close to the investigation.
The source, who was not authorized to speak on the record, did not give the gender of the seventh body found at the home of Anthony Sowell, 50. The source did not say exactly where the body was found at the residence.
Cleveland police have scheduled a news conference for 6 p.m. (ET) Tuesday to discuss the investigation.
Police arrested Sowell on Saturday, two days after discovering the decomposing bodies of five females inside his home and another woman’s body outside the house.
Authorities found the first two bodies while trying to serve an arrest and search warrant on Sowell related to a sexual assault investigation, and an intensive search began. Sowell was not home at the time; officers found him after a tipster told them of his whereabouts.
Five different burial methods were used on the victims, and the bodies were in varying states of decomposition, said Miller, which made it difficult to determine the ages of the victims. He added that the states of the bodies made it hard to tell how long they had lain in the makeshift graves.
“It’s really very difficult to tell,” Miller said. “It’s been some time. I would say probably at least weeks, if not months or years.”
Stacho said Sowell makes his living as a “scrapper.”
“He walks around and picks up scrap metal and takes it to junk yards to make a few pennies,” he said.
Sowell was convicted of a 1989 rape and was imprisoned from 1990 to 2005, Stacho said.