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Police and neighbors search for answers in Westfield double homicide


A Hamilton County community is still searching for answers after a mother and her daughter were found dead. It's been more than 24 hours since the investigation started, but police are still trying to find out who killed them.

Details are few and far between.

A family member discovered the two women Friday evening at their Westfield home in the 15900 block of Oak Park Court. It's a quiet street with large yards and larger homes. It's the kind of neighborhood where bad things don't happen, until now.

"As of right now, I can say there were injuries sustained to their bodies," said Captain Charles Hollowell spokesman for the Westfield Police Department.

But, police won't say how Marylyn Erb, who was 52 and her 23-year-old daughter, Kelley, died. They were discovered in their home Friday evening by a family member and were unresponsive. Emergency crews were called and the two were later pronounced dead.

"Right now, we do not have an official cause of death. Unfortunately, there's just some information we can't give out," said Captain Hollowell.

Including whether or not the incident was isolated or random.

"As far as the safety of the public, just be aware of what's going on and be aware of your surroundings. If someone comes to your door and knocks on your door, if you don't know those persons, call 911 if you have to and we'll come out and investigate that for you," said Ca pt. Hollowell.

"We're heartbroken. We're right now focused on giving the Erbs and their friends and families in this community comfort," said Melody Boyer, Grace Church.

The Erb Family has belonged to Grace Church on 146th St. in Noblesville for many years. Marylyn was a part of the women's ministry and Kelley a part of the young adult ministry.

"We do not understand when this happens. It hurts and we cling to the truth that there is hope, comfort and healing in the name Christ and even in these dark days, we can believe in that and hope in that," said Boyer.

Back on Oak Park Court, neighbors are on edge. We're told one family even went to stay in a hotel last night out of fear. But, we talked with other community residents who put it all in perspective.

"It's gonna get worse and I don't how to stop it. Police can't be everywhere. It's scary," said Jim Butts, a Westfield resident.

Scary not knowing who is responsible and why.

Westfield Police also say a 2011 maroon Buick Enclave was taken from the home, but found a half mile away at 161-st Street abandoned.
They're asking anyone who may have seen someone driving the car yesterday evening.. or anyone suspicious in the neighborhood.. to call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.

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