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Roy Bell, the third and final suspect in the Nov. 22 murder of 81 year old Wilma Upsall, was apprehended by Starke County police in southeastern Starke County near Monterey Friday afternoon, bringing a close to several tense days and a massive search effort which reached a peak Wednesday evening.
Tuesday, at approximately 7:06 p.m., officers from the Indiana State Police and Fulton County Sheriffâ€™s Department responded to a 911 call reporting a possible murder at 6832 West Olson Road, rural Rochester, IN.
The preliminary investigation revealed that the owners of a residence at 6832 West Olson Road arrived home from work, and found a rear door to the house open. Upon entering the house, they found the body of Upsall. An autopsy, conducted on Wednesday, revealed that Upsall died of a gunshot wound. There were signs of forced entry into the home but investigators have yet to determine if any articles are missing from the residence.
Upsall lived at the home with her daughter and son-in-law.
Wednesday night, at approximately 6:34 p.m., officers from the Indiana State Police initiated a traffic stop on a Chevrolet El Camino on 20 A Road near the town of Monterey, IN. The El Camino had purportedly driven across the center line and was exceeding the posted 55 miles per hour speed limit. Officers also wanted to speak with the occupants of the Chevrolet about Upsallâ€™s alleged murder. When troopers activated the emergency lighting and sirens on their police cars, the El Camino accelerated and led officers on an approximately ten minute pursuit. The chase ended when the Chevrolet crashed on State Road 117 north of State Road 110. The driver, Jason Miller, 34, Plymouth, IN, and his two passengers, William Scroggs, 25, Delong, IN, and Roy Bell, 24, Rochester, IN, all fled on foot.
Several tense hours ensued Wednesday night for residents in the area of State Roads 110 and 117, near Mystic Hills golf course, where a wide perimeter was established and multiple police agencies converged, utilizing helicoptors and K-9 units. Residents were encouraged to stay indoors and keep homes locked.
After an overnight manhunt, Scroggs and Miller were eventually located and incarcerated in the Fulton County Jail. They each face a single count of murder and two class A felony charges for burglary and robbery. They are being held without bond. Scroggs and Miller were found in different locations and at different times.
Friday afternoon around 2:30 p.m. Culver town marshal Wayne Bean alerted The Culver Citizen/Pilot-News that Bell had been arrested. A resident at an Elm Street home in rural Starke County where Bell was resting in the back room, called police with news of his whereabouts. Just after 2 p.m., Starke County police entered the home and arrested Bell without incident.
He is being held in the Fulton County jail and is facing charges of murder, class A burglary, and class A robbery.