Terrence Wayne Roach has been arrested and accused of multiple charges, including abuse of a corpse, burglary resulting in bodily injury, criminal confinement, kidnapping, and murder.
It has since been confirmed that this arrest is connected to the Aleah Beckerle case.
Eyewitness News expects to have further details about this arrest confirmed at a 5:30 p.m. news conference.
Cara changed her story so many times!! Finding Aleah alive would have helped her case. But this? Finding her body is just…
It was confirmed today on channel 14 news That Aleah was found. I’m full of sorrow!! I’m full of an anger. WHO DID THIS TO HER!!!! WHO DID THIS!!!!! I WANT THEM TO PAY!!!!!!!!!
This child never hurt anyone. Why?? Why??
The address where she was found is a mere 3 miles from her home. We need to know how long this house was vacant. Who lived there in the last year? Was a tip provided?
We know she didn’t walk out that house. We know she couldn’t. So she had to be taken there. By whom? I specifically recall Cara Beckerle stating that Aleah was in somebody’s house. Just like a typical mom. Not to place her too far from home.
The Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office has identified the remains of a body found at a home on Evansville’s south side as Aleah Beckerle of Evansville.
The coroner’s office and the Evansville Police Department’s investigation is ongoing and no additional autopsy information is going to be released at this time.
Eyewitness News has learned a press conference is going to take place sometime Wednesday surrounding an autopsy on a body found inside a home on Evansville’s south side.
The autopsy took place at 9 a.m. Wednesday and eclipsed the two-hour mark.
Detectives working on the Aleah Beckerle case were seen leaving the coroner’s office Wednesday.
Later, they were seen at the Beckerle home.
Eyewitness News will carry a live stream of the announcement both on Facebook and on Tristatehomepage.com.
Courtesy of Courier Press
Here are eight takeaways from statements by Evansville Police spokesman Capt. Andy Chandler and lead investigator Detective Brent Melton on Wednesday afternoon.
- An autopsy conducted Wednesday morning found the body was Aleah Beckerle, but the Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office has not yet ruled the cause and manner of her death.
- The Vanderburgh County Coroner’s office confirmed this information publicly midday Wednesday, before the news conference, and police repeated it during the news conference. Detectives notified the Beckerle family before the news conference
- Manner of death is different from cause of death because it refers to the way death occurred — potential categories include homicide, accident and natural causes.
- The investigation is still active and has taken a new focus with the discovery of Beckerle’s body. No one is in custody in relation to her death.
- “It’s now changed from an effort to locate a missing person to now being a criminal investigation,” Chandler said.
- Melton estimated police had searched 150-plus locations in vacant houses, bodies of water and even in Kentucky.
- Those searches included a landfill in Pike County and an area near a salvage yard on Weinbach Avenue near I-69, where investigators found animal remains in a shallow grave.
- Police have not ruled out any suspects.
- At earlier stages in the search, Evansville police have said no one was cleared of suspicion. Chandler said this again Wednesday in direct response to a reporter asking whether or not Aleah Beckerle’s family members were still under investigation.
- Police were also asked about this in August, when three people were arrested and accused of beating a false confession out of a man they believed was involved in Beckerle’s disappearance. According to Chandler’s statement today, none of those three people nor the man who was beaten have been cleared of suspicion. All three people arrested were convicted of battery charges in the beating, and two were convicted on criminal confinement charges.
- It’s not clear how long Beckerle’s body had been in the home.
- Chandler said it appeared to have been decomposing “for some time” but that an exact time frame could not be conclusively determined.
- Police are expecting to find more evidence now that Beckerle’s body has been found.
- Chandler would not specify what evidence or what had been found near the body, saying he did not want to compromise the investigation by revealing that information.
- He did not confirm if police knew of any connection between the Beckerle family and the house where Beckerle was found.
- “We will have a number of leads, tips and investigative matters we’re going to look into,” Chandler said. “We don’t want to tip our hand and provide any tactics or strategy of this investigation going forward.”
- Police are not calling this a homicide investigation, but a criminal investigation.
- Chandler said this is because the coroner has not made an official ruling on the manner of death.
- Police have said from the start they believe foul play was involved, and Chandler reiterated this at the press conference: “Due to her disability, the circumstances of her disappearance led investigators to believe that foul play had occurred.”
- Since cause and manner of death were unknown as of Wednesday afternoon, the nature of the foul play is not clear yet.
- At the beginning of the press conference, Capt. Andy Chandler stressed Beckerle’s vulnerability.
- “One of Evansville’s most vulnerable and helpless people, Aleah Beckerle, went missing from her home last July under suspicious circumstances,” Chandler said. “Aleah was a 19-year-old handicapped woman totally dependent on others for her care, well-being and ability to be mobile.” He went on to say this was why police found her disappearance suspicious.
- Beckerle was wheelchair-bound, nearly immobile and nonverbal. Family members previously told the Courier & Press that her cognitive development had slowed and stalled early in life after a severe illness when she was an infant.
- Police are hoping the new discovery puts pressure on the person or people responsible.
- “We truly hope someone with convictions of their character and courage will step forward,” Chandler said.
- Anyone with information on the case can call Evansville Police Department at 812-436-7979 or the WeTip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (1-800-782-7463).