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Bodies of three women found wrapped in plastic bags in Ohio

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Police were set to continue searching Sunday for more victims after three bodies believed to be female were found in a house in suburban Cleveland.

The bodies wrapped in plastic were found over two days in East Cleveland, Ohio, authorities said Saturday.

One woman's body was found Friday in a garage, and after a suspect was arrested that night, two more bodies were discovered Saturday - one in a backyard and the other in the basement of a vacant house.

East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton told the Cleveland Plain Dealer all the victims were black women. The newspaper reported that all the victims were wrapped in four or five plastic bags.

No identities were released, but all three were believed to have been killed in the past six to 10 days. The bodies were found about 100 to 200 yards apart .

A suspect was arrested after a standoff with police Friday. NBC station WKCY of Cleveland said police identified him as Michael Madison, 35.

The suspect has not yet been charged, Norton said, according to The Associated Press. He was a registered sex offender and had served prison time, the mayor added.

East Cleveland, which is home to some 17,000 residents, has many abandoned houses and authorities want to be thorough, the mayor said.

"Hopefully, we pray to God, this is it," he said.

In police interviews, the man led them to believe he might have been influenced by convicted serial killer Anthony Sowell, Norton told the AP.

"He said some things that led us to believe that in some way, shape, or form, Sowell might be an influence," the mayor said.

A 2009 serial killing shocked neighboring Cleveland. Police found the bodies of 11 women at Sowell's home. He was convicted and sentenced to death and remains in prison.

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