Lake County Coroner Seeks Help Identifying One of Seven NW Indiana Women

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) _ The Lake County Coroner has asked the public for help in identifying a woman whose remains were found in an abandoned Gary home last month.

The Lake County Coroner's office said Tuesday a preliminary forensic anthropology analysis suggests the woman is likely Hispanic but also might be African-American or white. The woman was likely in her thirties or forties, about 5-foot-6 and of average build. It says she had healed fractures of nose bones.

The office says it's not clear how she died.

The remains were found Oct. 19 after 43-year-old Darren Vann of Gary confessed to killing seven women whose remains all were found that day or the two previous days. He's charged with strangling two of the victims and suspected in the five other deaths.