The famous serial killer Darren Deon Vann was born on March 21, 1971. He was arrested after murdering Afrikka Hardy, 19, in a Motel 6 in Hammond with apparent signs of strangulation. He allegedly admitted to killing six other women in Indiana and led police to several other abandoned buildings in Gary where the bodies were found.
Darren Deon Vann was reportedly married to a woman who was about 30 years older than him. He was arrested in Gary, Indiana where he threatened the life of his girlfriend. Reportedly, he spent 90 days in jail and received a class D felony. On September 28, 2009, he was charged with a sexual assault committed in Austin in 2007, and sentenced to 5 years in the state penitentiary. He was released on July 5, 2013. His wife filed for divorce in August 2009 with the marriage officially dissolved in 2010. Darren had been discharged from the United States Marine Corps in 1993.
Afrikka Hardy (October 2014)
Afrikka Hardy, 19 was found dead in a Motel 6 after she was allegedly killed by one of her clients, Darren Deon Vann who hired her through an escort agency.
Anith Jones (October 2014)
On October 8th, 2014, Anith Jones, a 35-year-old from Merrillville, IN vanished and was reported missing two days later. Her abandoned car was found in the driveway of an abandoned house in Gary, Indiana where arrestee Deon Vann pointed police in the direction where her body and two unidentified victims were located.
Teaira Batey (January 2014)
28-year-old Teaira Batey was last seen on January 13 going out to meet a friend. Her body was found at an abandoned home in Gary, Indiana on October 19, 2014. After not hearing from her for about three days, family members reported her missing in late January of that same year.
Kristine Williams (February 2014)
36-year-old Kristine Williams, a beloved mother of four, was discovered dead inside an abandoned property on Massachusetts Street in Gary, Indiana on October 19, 2014. Her mother-in-law confirmed that she had not heard from her since February 2014.
Tracy Martin (June 2014)
41-year-old Tracy Martin, a resident of Gary, Indiana, was reported missing on June 26, 2014; her body was found in an abandoned house on October 19, 2014, in Massachusetts Street.
Sonya Billingsley (February 2014)
53-year-old Sonya Billingsley, who lived in Gary, Indiana was reported missing on February 7, 2014. On October 19, her body was found inside an abandoned house located at address 413 East 43rd Avenue in Gary with the body of Tanya Gatlin.
Arrest and Conviction
19-year-old Afrikka Hardy had her life tragically cut short when she was found strangled in a Motel 6. Police were able to track her last known calls and locate Darren Deon Vann. When apprehended, Vann allegedly confessed to his involvement in Hardy’s killing and told police that he is involved in the murders of at least five other women. He is currently being held at a Police Headquarters in Hammond, Indiana.