Sean Lannon, 47, said he was responsible for the killings in New Jersey and New Mexico — that he had killed his wife and others, including “11 other individuals,” NJ.com quoted Alec Gutierrez, an assistant prosecutor in suburban Philadelphia’s Gloucester County, New Jersey, as saying during a detention hearing Friday.
“He admitted to killing a total of 16 people … 15 being in New Mexico and one in the state of New Jersey,” Gutierrez said. Lannon is also a person of interest in the death of his wife and three others in New Mexico.
Authorities say a vehicle was discovered last week in a garage at Albuquerque International Sunport, New Mexico’s largest airport, containing four bodies. The bodies were later identified as Jennifer Lannon, 39; Matthew Miller, 21; Jesten Mata, 40; and Randal Apostalon, 60. Sean Lannon lived 80 miles (130 kilometers) away in Grants, New Mexico.
Gutierrez alleged Friday that Lannon admitted to luring several victims to a home in New Mexico and dismembering some of them.
Grants Police Lt. David Chavez told the Albuquerque Journal that authorities have no indication that Lannon’s claims are true and that they aren’t aware of any missing-person or homicide reports that would fit his narrative.