New Haven Police investigate first homicide in nearly 20 years

New Haven Police investigated a death at this home at 1024 Hartzell Road on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016.

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WANE) – Police were still guarding a home on Hartzell Road on Thursday. A day earlier a woman identified as 30-year-old Jamie Lynn Klein was found stabbed to death inside the home.

Police said the mother was found dead after someone called police for a well being check. Police aren’t saying who or why someone would call that in.

“Unfortunately on that part I’d like to, but I’m going to apologize to you and your viewers ahead of time, that’s actually an important piece and that’s why I can’t discuss it at this time,” New Haven Police Chief Henry McKinnon said.

A homicide is unusual for the City of New Haven. McKinnon said this has gotten a lot of people talking, and a lot of rumors are circulating on social media.

“I know some people may know the victim and some of that information may be correct, it may not be correct,” McKinnon said. “We just have to go by proper procedure until certain ends are wrapped up.”

Klein’s case is the first homicide in New Haven in nearly 20 years.

“February 25, 1997 was our last one,” McKinnon said. “That one involved a home invasion, a robbery inside the home where the victim was shot.”

Henry Osterholt was the victim in that case. He lived in a mobile home at 6008 Moeller Road. Within hours, police arrested six people in connection with the murder, and it was because of the public.

“That’s why it’s so important for everyone to hear this,” McKinnon said. “At the time we had one witness who happened to see something after the fact and came forward to police. That little bit of information is what broke the case.”

If you have information on Klein’s case call New Haven Police at 260-748-7080