Police nab third suspect in Leiters Ford murder
Police arrested Roy Bell, 24, of Rochester, in the Monterey area Friday afternoon, following a manhunt that began Wednesday evening. Bell was wanted for questioning in connection with the Tuesday, Nov. 22 murder of Wilma Upsall who was staying at her daughter and son-inlaw's home in Leiters Ford, just outside Rochester.
Bell and two other men, Jason Miller, 34, of Plymouth and William Scroggs, 25, of Delong, are believed to have broken into the Leiters Ford residence sometime Tuesday afternoon. Several rooms were ransacked and various items stolen from the home.
Upsall was discovered by family members who returned to the home around 7 p.m. Tuesday night. She died from a single gunshot wound.
At approximately 6:34 p.m. Wednesday, police were in pursuit of a Chevrolet El camino that was speeding and crossing over the center line on 20 A road. Police attempted to pull the vehicle over near the Monterey area, but the driver sped off and a police chase ensued. The car eventually crashed near Mystic Hills Golf Course on S. R. 17; and the three suspects took off running. Later that evening, police apprehended Scroggs and Miller and booked them into the Fulton County Jail. Both are being held without bond, and each face charges of murder, burglary and robbery.
Neighbors in the area of Mystic Hills reported state and other police also set up a perimeter with mobile command center, K-9s, and a helicopter Wednesday night, though the perimeter was later dismantled and other methods employed to find the suspects. Area roads were on lockdown as well.
Upsall, was a former employee/volunteer at Starke Memorial Hospital, now IU Starke Hospital and had resided in Starke County for many years.