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2 men held, questioned in US escort slayings

2 men held, questioned in US escort slayings

Two men were held for questioning Tuesday as part of an investigation into the slayings of four women whose bodies were found in car trunks after three of them placed online escort ads, police said.
The men, ages 32 and 24, were arrested Tuesday morning by members of a federal and local law enforcement task force in Sterling Heights, a mostly middle-class community north of Detroit. They had not been charged by late afternoon, Detroit police Sgt. Eren Stephens said. Police also searched a Sterling Heights home.
The men were "placed in police custody for questioning in regard to the Backpage cases," Stephens said.
Police Chief Ralph Godbee has said three of the slain women had placed ads for "prearranged adult dating services" on Backpage.com, prompting investigators to publicly say late last year that someone may have been targeting escorts.
Little other news about the cases had surfaced since the women's bodies were found in December.
The bodies of 24-year-old Demesha Hunt and her 23-year-old cousin, Renisha Landers, were found Dec. 19 in separate car trunks in Detroit. The bodies of two more women _ friends Natasha Curtis and Vernithea McCrary _ were found Christmas Day in the trunk of burning car parked in a garage.
Backpage.com said in late December that it had provided police with information about ads that a suspect may have posted on numerous websites.


Updated : 2020-12-01 07:41 GMT+08:00