Indianapolis police released surveillance images of a man police want to question in the murder of a 70-year-old Somerset woman in a church.
Police want to talk to Dwight Bell, 41, after the killing last month of Ruthie Carolyn New, whose body was found in a storage room of Denham Street Baptist Church. Police obtained a warrant last week for Bell’s arrest in connection with the theft of New’s Toyota Corolla.
The vehicle was found in a parking lot in downtown Indianapolis, but Bell was nowhere to be found, WISH-TV of Indianapolis reported.
Bell was seen on a camera at a Speedway gas station in Indianapolis on Aug. 23, just hours after New’s bodywas discovered. He was seen returning to the same gas station the next day, police told WISH-TV.
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Police said they think Bell might be staying at homeless shelters in downtown Indianapolis or trying to blend in with other homeless people, WISH-TV reported.
Bell was sentenced in 1999 to 15 years in prison for shooting and killing his dad. He was paroled in 2005 but was sent back to prison for four more years after violating his parole.
Last August, Bell pleaded guilty in Fayette District Court to two counts of third-degree terroristic threatening. Also last year, he pleaded guilty to attempted theft.
Bell is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 170 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes.
Anyone with information about Bell’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477, or Somerset police at 606-678-5176.