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[ISP] Two Arrested in Gas City Murder Investigation
Start Date: 3/17/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 3/17/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
Entry Description

Gas City – Yesterday, at approximately 10:40 a.m., officers from the Gas City Police Department responded to a 911 call reporting a possible death at 107 E. North A Street, Gas City, IN. Upon entering the house, officers found the body of Ashley Rheam, 29. Early indications are Rheam was murdered. An autopsy will be conducted to try and determine an exact cause of death.

At the request of the Gas City Police Department, detectives from the Indiana State Police Peru Post have initiated a homicide investigation. The preliminary joint investigation revealed that yesterday morning, at approximately 5:39 a.m., Rheam reported to the Gas City Police Department that her home had been burglarized. She reported that some electronic items were missing and the rear door of her home had allegedly been kicked in. Officers took a report and cleared the house, but they did not locate any suspects. Later in the morning, at approximately 10:40 a.m., Rheam’s roommate arrived home and found her body.

The investigation has lead to the arrests of Tyrell Lenoir, 23, Marion, IN, and Matthew Tyra, 17, also of Marion, IN. They both face a single count of murder and a felony charge for robbery. Tyra is incarcerated in the Grant County Detention Center. Lenoir is incarcerated in the Grant County Jail. They are both being held without bond. It is alleged that Rheam was killed during a robbery of her home.

The 1993 Cadillac Eldorado, which detectives identified as having been stolen from the murder scene, was located abandoned on the northeast side of Marion, IN.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact Indiana State Police detectives by calling the Indiana State Police Peru Post at 1-800-382-0689 (inside Indiana) or 765-473-6666. Information can also be provided to the Gas City Police Department by calling 1-765-674-2278.

The attached photo is Tyrell Lenoir.

The Grant County Prosecutor gave permission for Tyra's name to be released because his charges are under the jurisdiction of adult court. The juvenile court has no jurisdiction over him.

Contact Information:
Name: Sergeant Tony Slocum
Phone: 800-382-0689
Email: tslocum@isp.in.gov
Tyrell Lenoir
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