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Detroit serial killer case: Person of interest identified by police

Detroit Free Press logo Detroit Free Press 6/8/2019 Micah Walker
Andrew Howe looking at the camera: Two photos Kenneth DeAngelo Martin who Detroit Police identified as a person of interest in the serial killer case, according to Police Chief James Craig. He described as a 34-year-old black male, 5-foot-9, approximately 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. © Detroit Police Dept. Two photos Kenneth DeAngelo Martin who Detroit Police identified as a person of interest in the serial killer case, according to Police Chief James Craig. He described as a 34-year-old black male, 5-foot-9, approximately 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

A person of interest has been identified by Detroit Police in the serial killer case, according to Police Chief James Craig.

“We've identified a person of interest in what we're calling the serial killer, criminal sexual conduct suspect. We have a name. We're asking for the public's help so we can have contact with this person,” said Detroit Police Department Chief James Craig.

The person of interest is DeAngelo Kenneth Martin, a 34-year-old black male, 5-foot-9, approximately 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He is known to be homeless and frequents the east side of the city.

Chief Craig also gave a description of the third victim. The woman is described as an African-American woman, around 55-years-old, 5-foot-one and 100 pounds. He believes the woman may have been dead three or four days before she was discovered by police. Officers are in the process of talking to the woman's family.

"A case like this brings out so much fear in the community," said Craig. "This suspect involved in this case will be identified and arrested. I'm convinced."

The news of a possible serial killer in Detroit was announced Wednesday after police said three cases involving the murders of three women may be linked.

Police said the killer appears to be targeting sex workers in their 50s.

Craig said the department decided to go public with the case after the third woman’s body was found naked Wednesday in a vacant home on Mack Avenue near Mount Elliott.

Meanwhile, the first woman's body was found March 19 on the 2000 block of Coventry, and the second one was discovered May 24 on the 13000 block of Linnhurst.

All three locations were vacant homes in highly narcotic areas, said police, and the victims were unclothed.


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