Report: Person of interest held in 5 Ind. deaths

September 28, 2011 - 12:00 PM
Rural Indiana Deaths

Trees and brush surround the mobile home of Roy Napier where four people were found dead in rural Franklin County near Laurel, Ind., Monday, Sept. 26, 2011. A fifth person was found dead across the street. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A prosecutor says authorities are holding a person of interest in the killing of five people in rural southeastern Indiana.

Franklin County Prosecutor Melvin Wilhelm tells WISH-TV (http://bit.ly/pDCHHB ) that the man was arrested on an unrelated charge Tuesday night at a convenience store in Andersonville, about 50 miles southeast of Indianapolis.

Wilhelm says the man is a person of interest in the fatal shooting Sunday of four family members and a neighbor in nearby Laurel. WISH-TV reports that the man was arrested on a warrant stemming from a robbery attempt in Osgood in Ripley County.

Ripley County Sheriff Tom Grills tells The Associated Press the man is being held in the county jail but declined to elaborate.

WISH-TV says the man has a lengthy criminal record.

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Information from: WISH-TV, http://www.wishtv.com/