EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio – The last two of three female victims whose bodies were found wrapped in trash bags last week in northeast Ohio have been identified, family and authorities said Tuesday.
One of the victims was 18-year-old Shirellda Helen Terry, the teens grandmother told The Associated Press. Officials identified the other as Shetisha Sheeley, 28, of Cleveland.
Both their bodies were found last week along with that of another woman in a dilapidated East Cleveland neighborhood pitted with abandoned houses.
Rosetta Terry said authorities notified the family Tuesday that her granddaughter was one of the victims. She said Shirellda was last seen July 10, leaving a Cleveland elementary school where she had a summer job.
The county medical examiners office did not confirm Shirellda Terrys identity, saying the family had asked for time to inform relatives.
Earlier Tuesday, East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton identified Sheeley as among the victims.
The identification was made through fingerprints and information from the tattoos, which permitted the comparison that led to her identification, said Thomas Gilson, Cuyahoga Countys medical examiner.
Gilson said his office hoped to release information on how the women died within a few days.
Police on Monday identified the first known victim as Angela Deskins, 38, of Cleveland, whose body was found Saturday. Norton said in brief remarks that he realized on hearing her name that he knew her family and went to school with some of her relatives.
Michael Madison, 35, is in custody facing preliminary charges of aggravated murder and kidnapping in the slayings.
He is a registered sex offender who served four years in prison beginning in 2002 for attempted rape and attempted possession of drugs.
Madison was moved from the East Cleveland jail Tuesday to Cuyahoga County Jail.
East Cleveland police responded to a call about a foul order on Friday and discovered a body in a garage. Within hours they identified Madison as a suspect and went to his mothers house where he was arrested after a brief standoff.
They found the additional bodies Saturday after their questioning of Madison led them to renew their search.
Authorities searched again Sunday but called it off without finding additional bodies.