Police Searching for Woman Missing Since April

Missing: Elizabeth Gearhart

South Bend Police are asking for help finding a woman who was reported missing more than two months after she seemingly vanished.

Details are scarce, but 39-year-old Elizabeth Gearhart hasn’t been heard from since April 25th. However, her disappearance was only recently reported to authorities.

Elizabeth is 4’10”, 116 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She has a butterfly tattoo on her lower back.


If you have information about this case, please contact Detective Bruno Martinsky at 574-235-9204 or 574-235-9201.

Man Impersonates Police Officer to Gain Control Over Teen

The booking photo of Jim Zink

A southern Indiana man is in jail after authorities say he impersonated a police officer over the weekend.

Jim Zink, 63, is accused of identifying himself as a policeman at a Jasper McDonald’s and demanding a juvenile employee be released into his custody. The restaurant’s security footage shows Zink flashing a badge before the teen eventually left with him.

Dubois County Sheriff Tom Kleinhelter confirmed the suspect had worked as a county jail employee from October 2017 until September 2018. Details of how he knew the juvenile have not been released.

Zink is charged with impersonation of a public servant, a Level 6 felony.

Woman Runs Over Boyfriend Three Times, Gets Arrested for Murder

Andre Smith was a victim of domestic violence.

An Indianapolis woman has been charged with murder after killing her boyfriend because she found him with another woman.

A little after midnight Friday, IMPD officers responded to a call concerning a dispute in the parking lot of Tilly’s Pub in the 3900 block of East 82nd Street. When they arrived, they found Andre Smith, 26, pinned beneath a car. He later died at the scene.

According to court documents, Gaylyn J. Morris, 26, used an Apple AirTag to follow Smith because she suspected him of cheating. She tracked him to the pub, where she found him in the company of another woman. Morris then grabbed an empty wine bottle and swung it at the unidentified woman, but Smith stepped between them and grabbed the bottle.

The three of them were then asked to leave.

While Smith’s companion stayed inside to wait for a food order, Smith and Morris stepped outside. The probable cause affidavit states Morris got into her Impala and “pulled forward and clipped the victim (Smith), and he went down, at which time… (Morris) then backed over him and then pulled forward and hit him for the third time.” With Smith still trapped under the vehicle, she got out of her car and again attempted to attack the other woman before being detained by police.

Morris is currently being held on a preliminary charge without bond. IMPD is asking anyone who witnessed the crime to call homicide detectives at 317-327-3475.

Silver Alert: Missing 14-Yr-Old Boy

Have you seen Jalen?

A 14-yr-old is missing from his northern Indiana home.

Authorities are asking for help finding Jalen Winfield of Osceola. He was last seen around 9:30 p.m last night. The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department believes he is in extreme danger and may require medical assistance.

Jalen is described as a black male with black hair and brown eyes. He stands approximately 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs 116 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark blue T-shirt with a glow-in-the-dark skull and camouflage pants with black shoes.


If you have information concerning Jalen, please call 911 or the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office (574-533-4151).

UPDATE: Silver Alert Issued for Kokomo Woman

Betty Stroup, 80

Authorities in Howard County are asking for help in finding an 80-year-old Kokomo woman believed to be in extreme danger.

Betty Stroup was last seen at her home in the 2300 block of North 100 East Street around 4 am yesterday morning. Stroup has dementia and may require medical assistance. She is described as a white female, approximately 5-feet-2-inches tall, 118 pounds, with green eyes and white hair. The elderly woman is believed to be wearing burgundy pajamas with hearts on them and may possibly be accompanied by a black Shih Tzu.

UPDATE: Sadly, Betty Stroup and her dog Cookie were found Sunday night, May 30th, in a ditch less than a mile from her home. Although toxicology tests are still pending, an autopsy has indicated she drowned. No foul play is suspected.

Details Released in Goshen Mass Shooting

Prosecutor Vicki Becker speaks to the press with Sean Pounds, stepfather of the victims, by her side.

Elkhart County prosecutor Vicki Becker held a press conference Monday to discuss the Goshen mass shooting that killed two and injured three over the weekend.

Although authorities were somewhat cagey concerning details of the May 21st crime, the perpetrator was identified as David Valera Morales, 20. He died at a Goshen Hospital following the shooting, but it’s currently unknown if his wounds were self-inflicted.

All four victims of the attack on Rosedale Court were members of the Arellano-Rios family. Richard Rios (age unknown) died at the scene. The remaining three victims are Rios’s siblings. Police have withheld names because of their ages, but two girls were airlifted to a trauma hospital in Fort Wayne and another was taken to a trauma hospital in South Bend. Their stepfather, Sean Pounds, said they are doing “as well as can be at this point in time.”

No motive has been released for the shooting. At the news conference, Elkhart County Prosecutor Vicki Becker stated, “There will not be details at this point in time regarding the roles of any individuals involved in what occurred.”

The investigation is ongoing.


If you have information about this case, please contact the Elkhart County Homicide Unit at(574)-295-2825. Tips can also be emailed to media@elkhartcountyprosecutor.com.

MISSING: Indy Mother and Child

Erica Rios and her daughter, Angel Holmes, were last seen five days ago.

Police are asking the public to help locate a missing Indianapolis woman and her daughter.

Erica Rios, 43, was last seen Friday, May 20th. The next day, her car was seen traveling west on Interstate 70 near SR 39 in Hendricks County, but it’s unclear if she was driving. Angel Holmes, 11, is believed to be with her mother, and family members are deeply concerned about them.

Erica Rios is described as 5 feet, 3 inches tall and 133 pounds. She has black hair and hazel eyes. Her daughter Angel is 4 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs 70 pounds. She also has black hair and hazel eyes. Police do not know what they were wearing at the time they disappered.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is urged to call 911 immediately, or contact the IMPD missing persons unit at 317-327-6160.

News: 11 Men Arrested in Child Solicitation Sting

wall of child-sex shame
Busted

A joint law enforcement operation resulted in the arrest of eleven Indiana men earlier this month.

Posing as 14-year-olds, detectives posted to social media and chatted with the men about sexual acts and fetishes. Once they eventually asked to meet, they were caught up in the “Hi, I’m John Edwards”-style sting. The accused offenders came from as near as Greenwood and as far away as Greentown.

They didn’t show up empty-handed, either. All of them brought small “gifts” such as sex toys, condoms, liquor, lubricant, and meth.

One man even brought guns.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, and Franklin Police joined forces for the three-day sex sting. This is the third such collaboration in two years, resulting a total of 29 arrests.

The following were arrested May 10 – 12:

Jeff Hendricks, 49, of Unionville, charged with child solicitation and resisting law enforcement. In his position as deputy director of the American Legion, one of his duties is overseeing youth programs. In a chat, he told the “girl” he wanted to make her fantasies come true “no matter how twisted or perverted.”

Samual N. Kaufman, 20, of Bloomington, charged with child solicitation.

Joshua L. Sliter, 30, of Greentown, charged with child solicitation and providing pornography to minors. Traveled 113 miles to meet the “child.”

Derick O. Sosa, 19, of Indianapolis, charged with child solicitation and resisting law enforcement.

Jason A. Thornton, 40, of Indianapolis, charged with child solicitation, possession of methamphetamine, habitual traffic violator – lifetime suspension, illegal possession of a firearm and forgery.

Francisco B. Amaya Marquez, 25, of Indianapolis, charged with child solicitation.

Dylan C. Muncy, 22, of Indianapolis, charged with providing pornography to minors.

Chase M. Reese, 30, of McCordsville, charged with child solicitation and providing pornography to minors.

Nicholas Sorley, 22, of Sharpsville, charged with child solicitation.

IMPD Officer Arrested for Battery Has Strange History

Officer Bad Luck Brian
Accused officer Michael Price

An officer of the Indianapolis Metro Police Department was arrested last week on suspicion of both battery and domestic battery. It wasn’t the first time his name has appeared in the local news.

The most recent incident occurred approximately 12:40 am last Saturday, April 30th, when IMPD officers went to the 8000 block of Gathering Lane after receiving an incomplete 911 text concerning a possible “active assault.” Upon arriving, the responding officers learned one of the parties involved in the assault was Michael Price, a 13-year-veteran of the IMPD. The matter was then referred to the Special Investigation Unit (SIU). Officer Price was arrested shortly thereafter and booked into the Marion County Jail.

In April of 2017, Officer Price was briefly the subject of another investigation when the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department responded to a shooting. According to the sheriff, the off-duty IMPD officer was seated in his patrol car in front of his New Palestine home when he accidentally shot himself in the leg. He reportedly told sheriffs on the scene that he had taken his personal firearm – a .40-caliber mini Glock – from its holster and was attempting to clear the chamber when it fired. It does not appear Price faced any disciplinary action in regard to the accidental discharge of his weapon.

Officer Price was in the media again last year when a fire broke out in his Fountaintown home. A charitable fund was set up through the Professional Police Officers Credit Union to help his family at that time.

As of today’s date, the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office has not filed any charges against him in connection with last week’s arrest. He has been placed on administrative leave pending criminal and internal investigations.

Man Accused of Exchanging Vapes for Sex with 14-yr-old

Jacob Scott Glenn, alleged predator

A Hamilton County man is accused of catfishing a 14-year-old girl he met on Snapchat and exchanging sex with her for vapes.

According to police, Cicero resident Jacob Scott Glenn, 24, posed as a 16-year-old girl when he established contact with the victim on Snapchat. Using the false identity, he lured the minor into an encounter under the pretense of selling her e-cigarettes. Then he took her to a second location and demanded sex for them instead.

Court documents state the minor left her house on Christmas by climbing out a window just after midnight. But rather than the female teen she expected to meet, the 14-year-old was surprised to see Glenn, an adult man. He convinced her to ride with him to a Pilot Travel Center in Daleville, across the Delaware County line. It was only then, after distancing the girl from her home, that the accused predator told her he didn’t want money. He wanted sex.

She complied, and they had at least one other similar encounter in January.

Unfortunately for Glenn, along with being an alleged predator, he’s also not too bright (allegedly). He later sent the victim a TikTok video of his truck, and she followed the link to his actual profile, where his age was listed as 24. Then she found him on another social media site and learned his real name.

Although the girl told friends and two separate teachers what had occurred, somehow it didn’t come to the attention of police until her father found the vape pens in her room. When asked how she acquired them, the 14-year-old confessed everything, prompting her father to contact local authorities. Photo and video evidence corroborating the girl’s story was taken from her phone by Chesterfield Police.

Glenn is currently being held in the Delaware County Jail without bond. He has been charged with promotion of human trafficking of a minor, a Level 3 felony; two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, a Level 4 felony and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a misdemeanor.

He was also faces a previous charge for with sexual misconduct with a minor in October 2020. That case is still pending.