Authorities are investigating whether a Missouri man accused of holding a woman captive as his sex slave has other victims, the Daily Mail reports.
Last week, police descended on the home of 39-year-old Timothy Haslett Jr. in Excelsior Springs after a 22-year-old woman reported that Haslett had kept her confined in his basement and raped her repeatedly for a month.
While Haslett had left the house to bring his child to school, the woman escaped and sought help from neighbors. She was barefoot, had a metal dog collar with a lock around her neck, wore latex lingerie, and appeared to be malnourished.
The woman reportedly told neighbors that Haslett killed other women, telling one neighbor that he “was going to kill her and he had killed her two friends,” according to the news outlet.
Another neighbor, Cira Tharp, said the woman alleged that Haslett may have killed even more victims.
“She actually said the guy killed more than just two. She said it was her friends, but she wasn’t clear if something happened to them up there at the house or wherever he got her from or elsewhere,” Tharp told the news outlet.
Local police said they are examining the woman’s claims about additional victims.
“We are taking this accusation of two more women victims seriously and are actively investigating it,” a spokesperson for the police department said in a statement to the Daily Mail.
The woman told investigators that she was picked up by someone named Timothy in Kansas City in early September. After that, she was brought to Haslett’s home, where he allegedly kept her in a small room in his basement. The woman said she was restrained with handcuffs around her ankles and wrists.
Haslett would allegedly beat the woman with a whip. She had injuries consistent with that allegation and police found a room in Haslett’s basement as she described it. Multiple guns were also located in the residence.
Police subsequently arrested Haslett, who thus far is facing charges of kidnapping, rape and assault.
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[Featured image: Timothy Haslett Jr/Excelsior Springs Police Department]