During a news conference, East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton says he knew one of the alleged victims of suspected serial killer Michael Madison.
A 28-year-old mother was identified as the second victim of a triple homicide in a Cleveland suburb where the bodies of three women were found wrapped in plastic bags.
Authorities on Tuesday identified Shetisha Sheeley, 28, as the woman whose body was recovered in a grassy field in East Cleveland on Saturday. Sheeley had been missing since September and has a 12-year-old daughter, NBC’s Cleveland affiliate WKYC reports.
A member of the public called authorities to help identify Sheeley based on information released about one of her tattoos.
Sheeley’s mother told The Plain Dealer newspaper that her daughter largely kept to herself and was surprised to learn her body was found in East Cleveland.
"I don't know what she was [doing] in East Cleveland because she did not live in East Cleveland," she told the newspaper.
A day earlier, police identified another of the three victims as 38-year-old Angela Deskins, who was found in the basement of an abandoned home.
Both women were residents of Cleveland. The third victim has not yet been identified and no cause of death has been released for any of the women.
In a statement to WKYC, Deskins’ sister, Catana Deskins, said: “Angela Deskins was a beautiful, sweet, kind hearted woman…Everyone who knew her loved her. She was a wonderful daughter, sister and aunt who truly cared about her family and friends. She is loved so much and will be missed by everyone who knew her.”
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Registered sex offender Michael Madison, 35, appears in court at his bond hearing in East Cleveland, Ohio, USA on 22 July 2013. Madison is the suspect in the killing of at least three women whose bodies were found in East Cleveland, Ohio, USA on 19 July 2013 and 20 July 2013. Police and volunteers searched the neighborhood of run-down and vacant houses on 21 July but found no additional bodies.
East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton said at the news conference Tuesday that he has known the Deskins family and said they were always supportive of Angela.
Shortly after the discovery of the first body on Friday, police arrested 35-year-old Michael Madison. He appeared in court Monday, charged with three counts each of aggravated murder and kidnapping.
Madison, a registered sex offender, has indicated to police that he may have been influenced by Cleveland serial killer Anthony Sowell, who is on death row for killing 11 women ages 24 to 52 at his home in the city.
Sowell, a convicted sex offender, was captured in 2009. In court papers, prosecutors described him as "the worst offender in the history of Cuyahoga County and arguably the State of Ohio."
Following his arrest, Madison suggested to police that there may be more victims, according to Norton. Investigators and volunteers spent Sunday combing through the East Cleveland neighborhood in search of more bodies but found nothing.
“We are pursuing every lead. The goal is to leave no stone unturned,” Norton said Tuesday. “We hope and pray that we do not find anything else.”
This story was originally published on Tue Jul 23, 2013 12:48 PM EDT