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The man accused of killing at least seven women in Indiana appeared in court Wednesday, but refused to answer any questions. The judge rescheduled the hearing for next week. Darren Vann faces charges in connection with the death of a 19-year-old woman, found dead in a motel room. But authorities say he confessed to six previous murders and led them to the bodies. Police now fear there could be more victims. The grim duty of searching for more possible murder victims in Gary, Indiana. "Why are you in this area specifically?" asks CNN's Poppy Harlow. "This area specifically, the reason is the bodies," says Sgt. William Fazekas of the Gary Police Department. "Some of the bodies of the victims were found in this immediate area." Abandoned homes here, used as a dumping ground for at least six women murdered n cold blood. Police want to know if there are more. "The individual that committed these crimes see that his MO was to put people in the abandoned homes," says Sgt. Fazekas. "These dead women in abandoned houses." "They just need to get the houses away," says Nate Wilson, a Gary resident. "Like you say, people are getting killed in these houses. "Do you know any of the women that have been found dead?" asks Harlow "No, but I don't leave the house past eight o'clock," says Tatianna Foster, a Gary resident. "Because its so dark out here they call it Scary Gary." The prime suspect for the murders, 48-year-old Darren Vann, who led police to the six bodies after admitting to police he strangled 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy to death at this Motel 6 Friday and left her laying nude in the bathtub. "They're somebody's daughter, somebody's mother, somebody's sister," says Lori Townsend, Hardy's mother. The son of a woman married to Vann for 16 years spoke with CNN Tuesday. "I told her, the guy's a nut case, he is," says Edward Matlock. "And I'd watch him. I didn't allow him near my kids or in my home. Because he creeped me out, period." Darren Vann's criminal history, spanning at least a decade from Texas to Indiana, is brutally troubling. In 2004, he threated to burn his then girlfriend up while holding a lighter and gas can. a felony that landed him in jail for 90 days. In 2009, he was convicted of aggravated rape and served five years in jail. Gary, Indiana's police chief says Vann, a registered sex offender, was monitored in September by the sheriff's department. "They go out and check their place of residence and see how they are living and see if they are still in compliance," says Gary Police Chief Larry McKinley. "Given the fact that Darren Van was monitored as recently as September and everything you are saying checked out do you think that the system needs to change so that something like this doesn't happen again?" asks Harlow. "Well, it's a possibility that it could always be tweaked and there could always be some changes," Chief McKinley says." It's an understatement to say Marvin Clinton would agree with that assessment. His girlfriend of nine years, Teaira Batey, is one of the murder victims. "She was a loving, kind person. Good heart, big-heart person," says Marvin Clinton, boyfriend of Teaira Batey. "It's really sickening because of the fact that you have a convicted sex offender, registered sex offender, and I feel that any sex offender should be monitored closely by any state that they live in." The local sheriff's office told CNN's Poppy Harlow there was only one check on Darren Vann because more were not required by law. Vann is making his initial appearance in court Wednesday morning.

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