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Officials on lookout for murder suspect

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Jeremy Bledsoe
REELSVILLE ---- Authorities believe a domestic dispute led to a homicide in the Reelsville area Wednesday.

Officials confirm the suspect, Jeremy Bledsoe, 31, remains at large as of press time for his alleged involvement in the lethal shooting of his wife Kathryne, 32, at approximately 10:30 a.m., Wednesday morning. The incident took place in the couple's home directly across from Reelsville Elementary School in the 7800 block of County Road 625 West.

"There was apparently a domestic situation," Putnam County Sheriff Steve Fenwick said. "The victim was found by the (suspect's) grandmother, who also resides in the house."

Putnam County Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter filed a class A felony murder charge against Bledsoe late Wednesday afternoon. Shortly after the charge was filed, Putnam County Circuit Court Judge Matthew Headley signed an arrest warrant for Bledsoe.

Indiana code dictates that a person who commits murder be imprisoned for a fixed term of 45-65 years, with the advisory sentence being 55 years. Judges may also opt to sentence convicted murderers over the age of 18 to life imprisonment without parole or death.

Fenwick said there was little doubt Bledsoe had committed the murder.

"We pretty much know he did it," he said.

Putnam County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Doug Nally said two of the Bledsoes' three children -- one 6-years-old and the other 20-months-old -- were at home when the shooting occurred. The third child, a second-grader at Reelsville Elementary, was in class at the time.

Officials confirmed all three children were taken into police custody and are being cared for at an undisclosed location.

"We believe (Kathryne Bledsoe) was shot with a shotgun, but I haven't been in to see," Nally said. "The grandmother said she saw what she believed to be a shotgun."

Nally said he believed the victim was killed by a single shot, but did not know to what part of her body.

Nelly added he had been told Jeremy Bledsoe was suffering from mental and physical illnesses.

"I've been told schizophrenia, I've been told MS (multiple sclerosis)," Nally said.

Jeremy Bledsoe is believed to be traveling in a blue 2003 Dodge Caravan minivan with Indianapolis Colts license plate FB5023.

"It's a manhunt," Nally said.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Richard W. Myers said Jeremy Bledsoe is 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs about 182 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

Law enforcement marked off this residence in the 7800 block of County Road 625 West, Reelsville, after the shooting death of Kathryne Bledsoe Wednesday morning. Courtesy Photo (Greencastle Banner Graphic).
"Bledsoe should be considered armed and should not be approached by the public if located," Myers said. "He could possibly be en route to the Cloverdale area."

After news of the shooting broke, all schools in the South Putnam district were placed on external lockdown. Eventually, all county schools followed suit.

A recorded message sent to parents from Greencastle Community Schools Safety Officer Shawn Gobert said that move was made as a precautionary measure, and that no threats against the school had been made.

Due to the close proximity of the incident, Clay County law enforcement officials were quickly notified of the investigation. According to the Clay County Sheriff's Department, officials discovered Bledsoe has no direct connection to Clay County and was not anticipated to be in the area.

Anyone with information on Jeremy Bledsoe's whereabouts is urged to call the Putnamville Division of Indiana State Police at 765-653-4114 or Putnam County Central Dispatch at 765-653-5115.

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