Person of interest sought in Westfield double homicide
Westfield Police have identified a person of interest in a double homicide Friday and, they say the deaths are the result of a home invasion robbery.
Investigators have found that the robbery and murders occurred during the midday hours on Friday in the 15000 block of Oak Park Court. There was no evidence of forced entry. Both victims died of blunt force trauma.
Westfield Police released three photos Sunday of the man they call a person of interest in the murders of 52-year-old Marylyn Erb and her 23-year-old daughter, Kelley. A relative found the women Friday afternoon.
"This is someone we need to speak with," said Westfield Police Captain Charles Hollowell of the man seen in the surveillance photos taken at a business on the northeast side, near Lawrence.
Investigators wouldn't say which business, or why they wanted to talk to this man about the murders of Marilyn and Kelley Erb.
According to police, the women died from blunt force trauma.
Westfield's Mayor Andy Cook said the police department had been working around the clock since Friday to find the person responsible for the murders. In a town recently named one of 2013's top 50 places to live in the country by CNN Money Magazine, the answers cannot come fast enough.
"It's amazing to think this could happen just minutes away from where you live," said 21-year-old John Sidery.
Sidery has just been home a week on Christmas break from college, but said he already feels like he came home to a different place.
"The Westfield I grew up in was always a very safe place and you never really hear of anything tragic and ill-intended like this was," explained Sidery.
The college junior said he wasn't looking forward to going back to school without answers, leaving his family behind.
"The fact that's this has happened once, doesn't mean it can't happen again and that's definitely going to play in my head the whole semester of college," said Sidery.
Service for Marylyn and Kelley Erb
Grace Church in Noblesville, where the Erb family attends church, announced arrangements for Marylyn and Kelley Erb. Visitation for mother and daughter will take place this Thursday December 26th from 4 until 8 p.m. in the central auditorium of Grace Church.
Their funeral will take place the following day Friday December 27th at 1 p.m. also in the central auditorium.
The family released this statement:
"Our family would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming encouragement and prayerful support we have received as we grieve our unimaginable loss."
The Westfield Police Department would like to advise the public to stay vigilant in reporting and to contact the Westfield Criminal Investigations Division at (317) 773-1300 or to remain anonymous Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS (8477) with any information.