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Detroit Police Chief James Craig hold up a photo of the person of interest in three murders. (Photo: Jeff Gilbert/WWJ)

Detroit Police Have Person Of Interest In Serial Killer Case In Custody

June 07, 2019 - 5:19 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - The person of interest in the suspected serial killings is in custody according to Detroit Police. 

Deangelo Kenneth Martin, was taken into custody at 7:30 p.m. at a bus stop near 7 Mile Road and Gratiot. 

How has he been linked to the killings? 

"He is a person of interest," the chief said. "Our investigators have been working on this around the clock, so we've developed a person of interest. So that's all I'll say about what we've done as part of our investigation."

The first victim, identified as 52-year old Nancy Harrison, was found March 19 in an abandoned house on Coventry near I-75. A second woman, identified as 53-year old Travesene Ellis, was found in a home on Linnhurst near Schoenherr Rd.

A 55-year old was found June 5 on Mack near Mt. Elliot. She remains unidentified and police were asking for help to ID her. She is described as African American, small in stature, around 5 feet tall and 100 lbs, with a short cropped, three-inch afro style haircut. Her age is unknown. 

Although it's early in the investigation, Craig said it seems a single suspect is targeting prostitutes, luring them into abandoned dwellings and killing them. "Of course there's a reason why we're linking the three," he said, although he would not elaborate. 

As the investigation continues, 40 Detroit police officers have been going door-to-door, searching every open vacant house on the east side, looking for additional victims.

Meanwhile, volunteers with the group Detroit 300 have taken the streets at night, talking with people who may have information about the case -- including sex workers. "They're glad that somebody's now listening to them," Imhotep Blue told WWJ's Vickie Thomas

Anyone with information should call Detroit Police Homicide at 313-596-2260 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 1-800-SPEAK-UP (1-800-773-2587).