An Indiana man who was arrested final week after regulation enforcement officers started trying to find his lacking girlfriend was formally charged on Wednesday with killing the girl and burying her physique the place the person and the girl’s father each labored. And authorities say the person’s cellphone contained little one pornography.
Patrick Even David Doyle, 38, was charged with felony possession of child pornography and homicide in Bartholomew Circuit Court docket, which serves Columbus, Ind. As previously reported by Regulation&Crime, Doyle is accused of killing his 37-year-old girlfriend Heather Ann Steuver, whose household instructed police that they had not seen her for a number of days once they reported her lacking on Aug. 26.
In line with a possible trigger affidavit filed Wednesday by Chief Deputy Lawyer Kevin Abner, deputies with the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Workplace (BCSO) responded to a lacking individual report filed by Steuver’s mom Teresa Lowe. Investigators on Aug. 26 went to the house of Steuver’s father, Jerry Lowe. The daddy had been permitting his daughter and Doyle to reside with him. There, they met with Doyle and with Steuver’s dad and mom to take down preliminary data. Jerry Lowe and Doyle each labored on the Nugent Sand Firm.
Later that very same night, Steuver’s mom known as deputies once more after she discovered what seemed to be blood within the bed room shared by Doyle and her daughter.
“Teresa defined to Deputy Bush that she had situated blood on a cleansing bottle within the room. She additionally defined to Deputy Bush she noticed blood on the ground of the room and on a chair,” the affidavit states. “In line with Teresa, there was additionally contemporary injury to a wall and Heather’s cellular phone was on the mattress.”
Investigators additionally seen cleansing provides, together with bleach, contained in the room. The provides appeared to comprise blood spatter. Investigators additionally noticed a number of spots of what seemed to be blood on a mattress. The mattress had been lined with clear sheets.
Teresa Lowe instructed investigators that she suspected textual content messages despatched from her daughter’s cellphone in current days had really been despatched by Doyle.
On Sept. 8, Doyle met with detectives and allegedly disabled his cellular phone voluntarily to permit investigators to obtain content material from the machine. Later that day, investigators allegedly discovered “little one pornography inside the knowledge downloaded” from the cellphone. Doyle was arrested the subsequent day on the kid porn possession cost and was additional interrogated about Steuver.
Through the interview, Doyle allegedly instructed investigators there was “an incident between himself and Heather on late August 21, 2021 into the early morning of August 22, 2021.”
“In line with [Doyle], throughout this time he found blood on himself and noticed accidents to Heather’s face,” the affidavit says. “He defined that on the morning of August 22, 2021 he awoke and found Heather deceased within the mattress subsequent to him. [Doyle] was adamant that he had bodily triggered Heather’s dying however he was uncertain how he did so as a result of he was intoxicated on the time.”
Doyle additionally allegedly instructed detectives that he wrapped Steuver’s physique in a mattress sheet and disposed of it on property owned by Nugent Sand Firm, the place each he and Steuver’s father labored, by protecting her stays with rocks. He allegedly additionally instructed investigators that he put a few of Steuver’s possessions in a pillowcase, which he then threw in a lake that was additionally on the corporate’s property.
Investigators stated Doyle additionally admitted that he took further steps to try to persuade Steuver’s household that she was alive and nicely.
“One factor [Doyle] defined he did was textual content people from Heather’s cellphone after her dying,” the affidavit says. “In line with [Doyle], this included texts to his cellphone, in addition to texts to Teresa, in an try and make it seem Heather was utilizing her cellphone. As for maintaining the placement of Heather’s physique hid, [Doyle] knowledgeable me following the disposal of Heather’s physique he returned on two separate mornings and shoveled extra soil on Heather.”
Doyle then instructed investigators the place they might discover Steuver’s stays. An post-mortem carried out by Forensic Pathologist Dr. Thomas Sozio at Columbus Regional Hospital decided that Steuver’s method of dying was a murder attributable to “blunt pressure trauma to the pinnacle.”
Doyle is at present being held with out bond within the Bartholomew County Jail.
Learn the complete affidavit beneath.
[images via Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office]
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