Police ask for surveillance video from neighbors of slain Lake James woman


ANGOLA, Ind. (WANE) — Police in Steuben County have asked for the public’s help to solve the killing of an elderly Lake James woman last week.

Wilma Ball, 82, was found stabbed to death in her lakefront home along the first basin of Lake James midday Wednesday. Since, police have been working to understand what led up to the killing, and who did it.

On Monday, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office asked for “any possible additional residential surveillance video on Lake James Lane 200 and surrounding areas” from 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through 1 p.m. Wednesday.

“The reason we did that is to keep this fresh in everybody’s mind in our community,” said Rodney Robinson, the Steuben County Sheriff.

Another reason is because with last week’s bad weather, the sheriff believes some people might not have been in town to check their home surveillance cameras and wants to remind them to do so.

Robinson said the investigation has become personal.

“There’s not a person we talk to that doesn’t know her,” said Robinson. “Mrs. Ball was connected with the golf course, friends, hairstylists. I mean, we’re hearing from a lot of individuals in our community that were related to her in some particular way or fashion that has a connection. So, it makes it very personal and very hard for all of us to investigate.”

Robinson told WANE 15 that the department has received “a lot” of information and film so far. They’ve also spoken with neighbors about what they know.

“Every one of them are helpful,” said Robinson. “They help in in big ways and in little ways, but if we can just get all of that information to coincide with each other, it seems to tell the story a little better.”

Despite all of the information, he said he could not say if they have a suspect or not. He also was tight-lipped about what police think the motive could be.

Police also asked that anyone with information about the killing, or any details about suspicious activity or a person or people in the area, contact the sheriff’s office at (260) 668-1000 ext. 5000.

Residents can also submit information through the sheriff’s office’s app.

“The Sheriff’s Office along with the assistance of the Indiana State Police are working diligently following every lead in order to bring this case to a successful resolution as quickly as possible,” the sheriff’s office said.

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