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Expert Joins Effort to Identify Gary Bodies

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) – A forensic anthropologist is working with coroner's office investigators to identify three women whose remains were found inside abandoned Gary houses.

They are among the seven women whom police say 43-year-old Darren Vann has confessed to killing.

The Times of Munster reports (http://bit.ly/1tgOgcb ) University of Indianapolis professor Krista Latham arrived Tuesday at the Lake County coroner's office. Investigators say they are also working determine the causes of death for the three women.</span>

Vann faces murder and other charges in the strangulation deaths of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy and 35-year-old Anith Jones.

The deaths of 28-year-old Teaira Batey and 36-year-old Kristine Williams have been ruled as homicides caused by strangulation. 

Hardy's body was found in a Hammond motel, while the other women were found dead inside Gary houses.

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