According to the coroner's office, both Hardy and Jones died of strangulation.

As the community grapples with the sudden, grisly discoveries, the authorities are trying to instill a sense of calm and security.


"We would like to dispel the rumor that there is a serial killer on the loose," Gary Police Cpl. Gabrielle King said in a statement. "There is a 43-year-old man in the custody of the Hammond Police Department, who led officials to three deceased female victims, who has claimed responsibility for their demise. Gary Police are closely working with Hammond Police to assist in covering every area of the investigation needed to pursue charges as expeditiously as possible."

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