1 arrested, 1 missing after manhunt in southern Wells County suspended

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WELLS COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – The Wells County Sheriff’s Office has suspended its search for an individual in the area of State Road 218 and 600 West, a post on the office’s Facebook page said early Friday morning.

According to the Wells County Sheriff’s Office, police were looking Richard Wedlake and Megan Tully.

The Huntington County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page said a pursuit started on S.R. 5 and C.R. 200 S in Huntington County. Police said that deputies used stop sticks to end a pursuit at the S.R. 218 and C.R. 600 W intersection. The vehicle continued for 1/4 a mile before both Wedlake and Tully ran from the scene.

Tully was caught shortly after the pursuit ended and was taken into custody without incident, the office said. She was transported to the Wells County Jail for a misdemeanor charge of resisting law enforcement.

Police said Wedlake ran through a bean field and a perimeter was set up to search for him.

Thursday night, residents in the area, southeast of Warren, were asked to stay in their homes as police searched for Wedlake.

According to the original post on the Wells County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, there was a very large police presence in the area. The office said police K9’s, drones, foot patrols and a helicopter were called in to assist in the search.

Wedlake has multiple warrants out of Huntington and Allen Counties, and police said Thursday that he may be armed and dangerous.

Friday morning the Wells County Sheriff’s Department posted on Facebook and said, “Nothing from the incident last night leads us to believe that he is or was armed at the time of the pursuit. The information put out was based on previous law enforcement data given to us by other agencies.”

Police do not believe that Wedlake is still in the area. Residents have been told to “continue their day to day activities” in a Wells County Sheriff’s Department Facebook post.

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