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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Police found at least four more decomposing bodies and the skull of another person at Anthony Sowell’s house Tuesday, making his home on Imperial Avenue among the deadliest crime scenes in Cleveland history.
Crews continued digging for corpses in Sowell’s back yard after dark, even erecting a heated tent so they could work into the night. The search stopped around 9 p.m. but will resume in the morning.
At the same time, the city prosecutor filed five counts of aggravated murder against Sowell, for the bodies found at his home last week that investigators determined were strangled. Detectives were stunned by the scope of the killings.
“He had an insatiable appetite to fill,” Police Chief Michael McGrath said.
Workers today are expected to begin slowly taking apart the house on Imperial Avenue piece by piece to make sure they aren’t missing any bodies, police said.
Police have now found 10 dead bodies at Sowell’s home plus a skull wrapped in a paper bag in the basement. It’s unclear if the skull belongs to an 11th victim.
Sowell is scheduled to be in court this morning to be arraigned on the aggravated murder charges. He also faces unrelated charges of rape, kidnapping and felonious assault.
Police found the first two bodies Thursday when they went to arrest the convicted sex offender on the rape charge. He was not home at the time and investigators found four more bodies Friday.
He remained at large for nearly two days until police arrested him walking down the street Saturday about a mile from his home.