Timeline of events in Hannah Wilson's death

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The following is the timeline of events leading up to Hannah Wilson's death, as presented in the probable cause affidavit filed in Brown County Circuit Court by Indiana State Police.

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Thursday evening, April 23
Hannah goes to the Hilton Garden Inn in Bloomington, Room #101, for a party with friends.
Thursday, April 23 at 6:00 p.m.
Messel and his father go to dinner at Cheddars in Bloomington, then return home.

Thursday, 8:00 p.m.
Messel goes to Yogi's Bar and Grill for trivia with friends, as he did almost every Thursday night.

Thursday, 11:00 p.m.
Messel gives a co-worker a ride home from Yogi's.
Friday, 1:00 a.m.
Hannah and her friends walked from the Hilton to Kilroy's Sports Bar in Bloomington. When they arrived, her friends decided she was too intoxicated to continue. While they discussed calling a car for her, a taxi pulled up. Hannah agreed to take the cab home, and got in alone. The cab fare was paid in full while still at Kilroy's and witnesses heard Hannah give the driver an address in the 500 block of east 8th Street in Bloomington.
This is the last time any witnesses can account for Hannah's whereabouts.

Friday, 8:34 a.m.
911 caller reports finding Hannah's body off Plum Creek Road near State Road 45 in Brown County

Friday, 9:27 a.m.
State Police arrive to help secure and search the scene. Daniel Messel's cell phone is found.


Friday morning
Messel's employers at Fine Print Printing tell detectives he hadn't shown up for work that morning, which was considered very unusual behavior.
Investigators checked for him at his home, but only found his father.

Later Friday
After speaking to witnesses, investigators returned to Messel's home and found him walking out of the house with a plastic garbage bag filled with clothes. He also had claw marks on his forearms.
Messel was taken into custody and the bag was processed as evidence.
Investigators also found Messel's car, which had blood splatter and other evidence.

Friday, 11:50 p.m.
Messel is processed at the Brown County Jail on a murder charge.
Saturday, 9:30 a.m.
An autopsy is performed on Hannah in Seymour. Her cause of death was ruled as blunt force trauma to the head.