Westfield Police continue to search for double homicide person of interest
Homicide detectives in Westfield, Indiana are working around the clock to solve the murders of a mother and daughter. The strongest clue right now is trying to put a name to the face of a man caught on surveillance camera video at an unnamed retail business in nearby Lawrence.
The murders happened Friday afternoon in the Oak Park court subdivision in Westfield.
A relative found 52-year-old Marilyn Erb and her 23-year-old daughter Kelley dead inside. Investigators say they both died from blunt force trauma. Police suspect their deaths happened during a home invasion robbery.
Their neighbor and good friend Paul Estridge suspected the worst right away. His family has known the Erbs for years and they became neighbors about ten years ago when the Erbs had their home custom-built nearby.
Estridge's son went to check out the commotion, and it was a huge shock to their family.
"My son went over to the house and came home and said there was crime scene tape around the house," said Paul Estridge, "We were worried to death of what might have happened."
They would later learn about the mother's and daughter's demise.
Although there are no signs of forced entry at the house, police are still trying to figure out how the killer may have gotten inside the home.
"This is such a very nice family. The mother, Marilyn, was truly one of the sweetest people you would ever want to meet," said Estridge.
Both the Estridge family and the Erb Family attend Grace Church in Noblesville where family, friends and neighbors will pay their final respects. It's also where a lot of support will come from for the mother and daughters surviving family members.
"Just to be there for Todd and his children and to provide the support he is going to need emotionally and spiritually," said Estridge.
Westfield Police are not only hoping for public help on identifying the person of interest. They hope the man himself sees the photo and decides to come forward. People uncomfortable calling the -Westfield Police Department can also call the Crime Stoppers Hot Line anonymously at 317-262-TIPS with clues. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for the correct anonymous tip that leads to an arrest in this case.
Visitation for Marilyn and Kelley Erb will be on Thursday at Grace Church in Noblesville, from 4 until 8. Their funeral is also there on Friday at 1 pm.