Six badly decomposed bodies found at the home of a sex offender facing a new rape allegation were females and all were homicide victims, the coroner's office said Sunday.
Powell Caesar, a spokesman for Cuyahoga County Coroner Frank Miller, said at least four of the victims apparently had been strangled. Decomposition made it difficult to determine how two victims died, he said.
None of the victims has been identified, Caesar said. Two victims were black, but race hadn't yet been determined in the other four bodies, he said.
Women claiming to have been attacked by Ohio sex offender Anthony Sowell came forward to share their horrifying experiences, Fox 8 Cleveland reported.
Two women told Fox 8 Cleveland that they believe Sowell, 50, would have killed them and said they feel lucky to be alive.
"He was gonna kill me," one alleged victim said.
"I have scars on my neck and nerve damage. I couldn't leave the house for months. I was afraid to go to the store. I could not sleep."
The alleged victim told local reporters that when she turned down an offer from Sowell to drink beer with him, he "punched her in the face and dragged her to his house," according to Fox 8 Cleveland.
She managed to escape from his house and flag down police, Fox 8 Cleveland reported. Sowell was arrested for rape, kidnapping and robbery — but the case never made it to court.
Anthony Sowell, 50, of Cleveland, was arrested Saturday when officers spotted him walking down the street of his eastside neighborhood.
Police found the first two bodies Thursday night when they went to Sowell's home to arrest him on a new rape charge. Police said Sowell spent 15 years in prison for a rape in 1989.
On Friday, police found a third body and remains that were confirmed on Saturday to be three additional bodies.
People who knew Sowell said he often walked around his neighborhood looking for scrap metal to sell and asking for money.
Police urged the public for help Sunday in identifying missing people who may have been victims.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.