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Tip leads police to arrest second suspect in Wabash County homicide

MARION, Ind. (WANE) - A tip lead police to the second suspect in a Lafontaine homicide from late last month. 

Police served a search warrant at 1814 E. 38th St. where they believed Corey Kelch, 22, was staying. Officers from Indiana State Police and Marion Police surrounded the home at around 3:45 Friday afternoon. 

Kelch eventually came out of the home peacefully and was taken into custody. He was transported and is now in the Wabash County Jail.

Indiana State Police said Monday that Kelch was wanted on charges of murder and robbery related to the April 25 death of Jordan Richards. A nurse found Richards' body inside his home at 123 Clear Creek Drive in Lafontaine. Richards had a medical condition that required a nurse to check on him twice daily, state police said.

An autopsy showed Richards died of a gunshot wound.

After the killing, police found several firearms and cash had been stolen from Richards' home.

Detectives then were granted arrest warrants for 21-year-old Kaleb Marin and Kelch. 

Marin died in two-vehicle crash in southern Wabash County on Sunday. One of the stolen guns was reportedly found inside the car he was riding in, police said.

Information about this case can be reported by calling the Indiana State Police Peru Post at 1-800-382-0689 (inside Indiana) or 765-473-6666. Information can also be provided to the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department by calling 1-260-563-8891.


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