INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – WISH-TV has devoted all day Tuesday to Indiana’s Most Wanted, including a special edition of 24-Hour News 8 at 6:30.
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MARION, Ind. (WISH) — On May 14, 1973, Robert Johnson and three friends were coming home from the Idyl Wyld Roller Rink in Marion.
On the walk home, at the corner of 18th Street and Nebraska Street, a gunshot rang out and Johnson was killed.
The Johnson family has waited more than 40 years for justice.
If you have any information that can help in this cold case, call Crime Stoppers of Grant County at 765-668-8168 or 1-800-237-7867. When providing a tip, you are not required to give your name.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) — Bloomington police released their list of most-wanted criminals.
Randy Francis is wanted for failure to appear on child molestation charges and failure to register as a sex offender.
Anthony Charles is wanted on robbery charges and violation of probation.
If you know the whereabouts of either of these men, call the Bloomington Police Department or Central Indiana Crime Stoppers.
GREENFIELD, Ind. (WISH) – It’s been almost 16 years since investigators say someone started a fire that killed 81-year-old Willard Brown. The apartment building where Brown lived went up in flames on Feb. 24, 2000. It’s a day that Robert Brown, Willard’s son, will never forget.
It was 1:20 a.m. that day when Brown’s phone rang.
“It was my father on the phone, telling me the building was on fire and he couldn’t get out. He was asking me to come get him out. My last words to my father was, ‘I’m coming right now, Dad. I’m coming right now,'” said Brown.
When he got there, there was nothing he could do. That last conversation still runs through Brown’s mind.
“It’s still something that haunts me every day,” said Brown.
Investigators said the fire was arson, and Willard Brown’s death was murder.
“I mean, an arson fire — you just didn’t expect it to happen,” said Brown.
Shortly after the fire, police arrested a man who was recently evicted from the building. Prosecutors eventually charged him with arson and murder.
“He had been evicted on the day of the fire. There was evidence saying he … made threats to the owners of the building,” said Detective Lt. Randy Ratliff with the Greenfield Police Department.
Ratliff said a new prosecutor took over the case and dismissed the charges in 2003.
“We still believe that the initial person charged is the person who is responsible for the fatal fire. We have no evidence that indicates anything otherwise,” said Ratliff, “The evidence still points to him as a prime suspect. No new evidence has come forward.”
That suspect died in 2012, leaving behind nothing but questions.
“Nobody has closure in this matter. I mean, this has gone on for 15 years now,” said Ratliff.
“Why? Why? It’s always Why. Why did they have to do that? Why did they have to go to those extremes when they knew there was many people that lived in that building?” said Brown.
Sixteen years later, a grieving son still pleads for someone to come forward.
“I would like any information they can possibly have. If it’s something they’ve seen the day before that looked out of the ordinary, or the night of, or the day after? No matter how small the information they have, report it to the Greenfield Police Department … Hopefully any little bit of information they get could break the case. It could break it. You never know,” said Brown. “I’m going to be looking for answers until the day I die.”
Even though investigators believe the initial suspect likely started the fire, they say it’s still very possible someone else did it. Investigators are hoping someone will come forward with new information, either about the initial suspect, or someone who has gone overlooked.
If you know something, call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS or submit an anonymous tip via the Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana website.
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A first of its kind meeting was held Monday night on the city’s east side. It was a support group for families of hit and run victims.
It’s to help those families get through the grieving process.
The families said it was about having the necessary support from others who have experienced the same thing.
The group is called Silent Angels. It was founded by Pamela Grant, the mother of Tanya Turman.
Turman was hit and killed in March as she walked to a bus stop on the city’s east side.
“I know what it feels like to not have anybody to talk to, not having the resources so I’m starting this support group to help other people,” said Grant.
“They’re working with people who’ve been through the same thing they’ve been through,” said Bonita Stone of IU Health Hospice. “They feel comfortable with those people and they help each other as they go through that process.”
IMPD says they’ve investigated sixteen fatal hit and run crashes so far this year.
In Turman’s case the driver was found. Corey Patrick turned himself in 11 days after Turman was hit.
Patrick will have a pre-trial hearing Tuesday at 1 p.m. A jury trial is set for December 14th.
IMPD also says they have four unsolved fatal hit and run cases this year.