Norton said the bodies were each in the fetal position, wrapped in several layers of trash bags. He said detectives continue to interview the suspect, who used his mother’s address in Cleveland, the mayor said, in registering as a sex offender.
Cardilli said the man was arrested after a standoff with police Friday. Police did not immediately release the suspect’s name. He was jailed in East Cleveland, the mayor said.
“The person in custody, some of the things he said to investigators made us go back today,” the mayor said.
Police searched vacant houses over about three blocks in the neighborhood Saturday and planned to expand their search Sunday, Norton said.
The Plain Dealer reported that police, the FBI, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department went through yards and abandoned houses and used dogs trained to find cadavers.
The neighborhood in East Cleveland, of some 17,000 residents, has many abandoned houses and authorities want to be thorough, the mayor said.
“Hopefully, we pray to God, this is it,” he said.