NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WANE) The man arrested in connection to the death of a New Haven woman was released Thursday before being arrested again Friday.
Police were called to 1616 Sherbrook Drive around 2:45 p.m. Saturday on a well-being check after someone said they had not seen the home owner for some time. Police went to the home and were let inside by the family member that called police.
That’s when, according to police, they found the homeowner lying on a bedroom floor inside the home, dead.
The Allen County Coroner reported Monday, Heidi A. Colley died of Blunt Force Trauma of the Head. The coroner’s office ruled the 61-year-old New Haven woman’s death a homicide.
A man found inside the home was taken into custody, and was immediately named a “person of interest” in the investigation. Police told NewsChannel 15 the man didn’t appear to be doing anything inside the house when they arrived.
That man was Colley’s son, 42-year-old Chad Ingram. He was arrested on a preliminary charge of felony domestic battery. The Allen County Prosecutor’s Office did not file formal charges, resulting in his release Thursday.
After his re-arrest, Ingram faced a Criminal Trespass charge and was expected in court Friday morning.
McKinnon told NewsChannel 15 Ingram remains a person of interest.
According to court records, the man who initially called police told officers at the scene, “I always knew he (Ingram) would kill her.” He added that Ingram was the only person with access to Colley and “the only one that could have done this,” according to probable cause affidavit.
Ingram, who police noted was “highly intoxicated” and “drinking liquor straight from the container” while police investigated, told investigating officers from a couch in the living room of the home that Colley was not home. Police noted they could see the woman’s body lying on the floor in plain view.
Police did not interview him at the scene due to his level of intoxication.
Colley’s face was badly bruised and suffered cuts, the affidavit said. Ingram’s hands appeared to have bruising on them, according to the affidavit.