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Man arrested, suspected in two cold cases of murdered mothers

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Evelyn Gunter (LEFT) and April Black (RIGHT) Evelyn Gunter (LEFT) and April Black (RIGHT)
Walter Bass Walter Bass
(WJBK) - A man suspected of murdering two women within a year of each other is in police custody.

Walter Bass, 37, has been charged with the murder of Evelyn Gunter, who went missing in March of 2013.

Months later, Gunter's body was identified after her family attended a DNA event. Investigators learned her body was discovered two days after she disappeared. She was shot multiple times, wrapped in barbed wire, set on fire and burned beyond recognition.

Gunter's daughter Jemima says she suspected Bass all along. He was dating Evelyn at the time.

The case gained traction when it was handed over to the newly-formed Detroit Police Department's Homicide Task Force, which is now looking at Bass for another murder.

Bass is suspected in the death of April Black. He was last seen with the mother of six on June 6, 2012 at a convenience store in Redford. Her body was found the following week floating in the Rouge River.

Black lived on Burt Street, just a few doors down from Bass.

Earlier Tuesday police raided Bass' house on that street, seizing rifles, a computer and other evidence.

Bass spent 15 years in prison for first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
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