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Authorities End Search for More Bodies in Cleveland

July 22, 2013

Police in East Cleveland, Ohio, where a 35-year-old man is under arrest in the deaths of three women, said they have ended their search Sunday for more bodies.

Police Chief Ralph Spotts called off the search about 7 p.m. EDT.

"We officially found nothing," he said. "We will not pick up the search again."

He added officials do not expect to find victims elsewhere.

"We don't think he took anything he couldn't carry," Spotts said.

The suspect, Michael Madison, was expected to be charged Monday in the deaths of the three unidentified black women, whose decomposed bodies were found within a 100 yards of each other Friday and Saturday, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported. The victims were probably killed within the past 10 days, authorities said.

East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton told the newspaper Madison, a registered sex offender with a 2002 conviction for attempted rape, has indicated he has been influenced by Anthony Sowell, a death row inmate arrested in 2009 and convicted of killing 11 women and burying them in and around his Cleveland home.

Madison "said some things in questioning that led us to believe he was influenced by Sowell," Norton told the newspaper.

Spotts disagreed with Norton, saying Madison, who was arrested at his mother's home in Cleveland Friday following a standoff with police, was not being cooperative and hadn't spoken highly of Sowell.

"He's not saying there aren't any more bodies, but he's not saying there are. He's playing both sides of the fence," Spotts said.

Eric Wilson, 40, who said he's known Madison since high school, was generally "kind of quiet" and "never created a conversation."

"But if you talked to him too long he'd say some kind of demented things," Wilson said, such as, "He hated women."

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