Woman's Body Found In Vacant East Side Home Amid Search For Victims Of Serial Killer

June 12, 2019 - 7:15 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - Detroit police are investigating after another woman's body was discovered in a vacant home on the east side as authorities continue to search for victims of a possible serial killer in the city.

The body of the 45-year-old woman was found around 6 p.m. Monday in a home on Brentwood, near 7 Mile Road and I-75.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office is performing an autopsy. The victim's identity has not been released.

Authorities say the case may be related to the suspected serial killings of three other women. Deangelo Kenneth Martin, 34, has been identified by Detroit police as the suspect. He's currently in custody, charged in the rape and attempted murder of a 26-year-old woman on May 7. 

Martin, who was arrested last Friday, is believed to have killed three women whose bodies were found in similar circumstances in vacant homes on the city's east side. Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Monday he is confident that Martin, a homeless Detroit resident who frequents the east side, is the killer they've been looking for. 

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 Road. A third woman in her 50s was found dead June 5 on Mack near Mt. Elliot. 

The 26-year-old in the May 7 case, as well as an additional victim, the chief said, survived attacks by Martin. 

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

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