Coroner: All Eleven Imperial Avenue Murder Victims Have Been Identified

Diane Turner - Courtesy of The Plain Dealer
Diane Turner - Courtesy of The Plain Dealer
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Cuyahoga County Coroner identified the last of the murder victims found at suspected Cleveland Strangler Anthony Sowell's Imperial Avenue home.
All eleven victims found in and around Anthony Sowell's property were African-American women - most had been strangled. The bodies were recovered between Thursday, October 29th and Tuesday Nov. 3rd.
Five bodies were found buried in the Imperial Avenue home's backyard and four bodies along with one skull were found inside of the home.
Anthony Sowell - who is currently unemployed and wears a pacemaker for a heart condition - is being held at the Justice Center. Sowell was slapped with 85 charges including aggravated murder, rape, felonious assault and kidnapping.
The suspected serial killer could land on death row if convicted of the charges filed against him. Sowell claims he is innocent by reason of insanity.
Here are the eleven victims:
  1. Tonia Carmichael: 52-years-old
  2. Telacia Fortson: 31-years-old
  3. Tishana Culver: 31-years-old
  4. Nancy Cobbs:  43-years-old
  5. Amelda Hunter: 47-years-old
  6. Crystal Dozier: 38-years-old
  7. Michelle Mason: 45-years-old
  8. Janice Webb: 48-years old
  9. Kim Yvette Smith: 44-years old
  10. Leshanda Long: 25-years-old
  11. Diane Turner: 38-years-old
Victim Info:
  • Tonia Carmichael of Warrensville Heights, 52-years-old was the first victim removed from Sowell's backyard and was identified through DNA.
  • Telacia Fortson of East Cleveland, was 31-years-old and was last seen in June 2009. Fortson had three children
  • Tishana Culver of Cleveland, 31-years-old, had not been reported missing and is survived by seven children.
  • Nancy Cobbs, 43-years-old of Cleveland, was reported missing on June 11th 2009 and had not been seen since April 2009.
  • Amelda Hunter, 47-years-old of Cleveland was last seen in April 2009 and was reported missing on Nov. 3rd, 2009.
  • Crystal Dozier, 38-year-old from Cleveland, was not a reported missing person and was last seen in October 2007.
  • Michelle Mason, 45-year-old of Cleveland, was reported missing in October 2008. Mason was bi-polar and Cleveland Police held dozens of searches for her and checked hospitals.
  • Janice Webb, 49-years-old of Cleveland, was reported missing on August 2nd, 2009. Webb was last seen on June 3rd, 2009 and has two children.
  • Kim Yvette Smith of Cleveland, 44-years-old, was not reported missing to Cleveland Police until Nov. 2nd, 2009. Smith was last seen on January 1st, 2009.
  • Leshanda Long, 25-years-old was not a reported missing person but was last seen in 2008.
  • Diane Turner, 38-years-old was last seen in September 2009 and was the last of the eleven victims to be identified. Turner was from E.144th Street in Cleveland, OH. The Coroner's office has ruled the death a homicide but the cause of death is pending further tests and investigation.
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