Fifth victim of alleged serial killer Darren Vann identified

Mug shot of Darren Deon Vann, suspect serial killer.

Lake County coroner Merrilee Frey announced Friday that DNA tests have identified a fifth victim of alleged serial killer Darren Vann as Tracy Martin, 41. Martin was last known to live in Gary, Ind. Martin was found in the 1800-block of Massachusetts Street in Gary.

Vann was charged with the murders of Anith Jones, 35, and Afrikka Hardy, 19, in October, 2014.

Vann was arrested in his Gary, Ind., home after Hardy's body was discovered in a Hammond motel room. Police connected him to Hardy quickly, as he had arranged a meeting with her through Backpage.com, a website popular with prostitutes and their clients.

Vann allegedly told police he was surprised and impressed he had been caught so quickly.

In the initial days after his arrest Vann was highly cooperative and talkative with police, leading them to six more bodies before he abruptly stopped cooperating.

Three of those bodies were identified as Jones, 28-year-old Teaira Batey and 36-year-old Kristine Williams. With Martin's identification, five of Vann's alleged seven victims have been identified.

The Lake County coroner's office is working on identifying the remaining two victims.

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