CROWN POINT | The Lake County coroner's office is working with another family in an attempt to identify the second of three unidentified women whose remains were found last month in Gary.

The family is the second to give DNA samples for the coroner's office to send to Indiana State Police for comparison, investigators said.

The woman, Jane Doe 5, was found Oct. 19 in a home in the 400 block of East 43rd Avenue, investigators said. She was among seven women a Gary man allegedly confessed to killing, police said.

Jane Doe 5 was wearing a silver-colored link bracelet with the words "Best Aunt" on it, a silver-colored ring with a heart shape on it and another silver-colored ring with scalloped engravings.

Another woman was found in the home with Jane Doe 5, but no family has come forward as a possible match for her, investigators said.

DNA from her remains has been submitted to state police to see if there's a match in the system, investigators said. She was described as a black female.

The coroner's office said last month that it gave state police DNA samples from a family that may be related to Jane Doe 3, who was found Oct. 19 in a home in the 2200 block of Massachusetts Street.

Darren Vann, 43, led police to six bodies in Gary after being arrested Oct. 18 in connection with the strangulation death of Afrika Hardy at a Hammond motel, police said.

Vann faces murder and other charges in the death of Hardy, 19, who recently moved to the Chicago area from Aurora, Colo., and Anith Jones, 35, of Merrillville.

Authorities also have identified Teaira Batey, 28, of Gary, and Kristine Williams, 36, of Gary, as victims. Jones, Batey and Williams all were found in abandoned homes in Gary.

The coroner's office can be reached at (219) 755-3265.


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