arrest five suspects
Missing woman was murdered
Wanda English Burnett- Editor
Police say a Madison woman who has been listed as missing is now
the victim of murder. According to information from Sgt. Noel
Houze Jr. of the Indiana State Police, Ashley Robinson, 23, was
murdered and five people have been arrested and charged in connection
with the crime.
Robinson was reported missing to the Jefferson County Sheriffs
Department on February 12. The state police became involved in
the case the last week of February and since that time a joint
investigation has been ongoing. It was announced on March 14 that
Robinson had been murdered.
Although Robinsons body has not been found, five people
have been arrested and are facing charges of Murder and Conspiracy
to Commit Murder, according to police. Arrested last week were:
Brandon Skinner, 24, of Madison; Michael Cory Bowling, 24, of
Hanover; Brian Kemp, 27, of Hanover; Donielle Sherley, 23, of
Madison; and Carissa Miller, 18, of Hanover. Skinner, Bowling
and Kemp are being held in the Jefferson County Jail with Sherley
and Miller being held in the Switzerland County Jail.
Last Friday, March 16, authorities searched the Ohio River bank
in the area known as the Saluda Bottoms near Hanover, where police
say Robinson was murdered. Police say they obtained information
that led to the secluded area off South River Bottom Road where
they believe the victims body was thrown into a wash along
the Ohio River after she had been murdered. The Madison Courier
reported that one of the suspects said he shot Robinson twice
and then dragged her body into the Ohio River south of Hanover.
The five were all acquaintances of Robinson.
While police are not releasing a possible motive, one of the suspects
believed Robinson had been molesting his daughter. Robinson was
taken by the two female suspects who told her they were going
to have a "girls night out." She has been missing since
that time, which was January 6 or 7. According to information
told to the Madison Courier, Robinson was about 2 1/2 months pregnant
at the time of her disappearance.
Sgt. Houze noted that the divers were unable to find the body.
Cadaver dogs searched the area and alerted in an area of brush
and debris that was near the crime scene. Police say divers may
launch a boat this week several miles down stream from the crime
scene and search the riverbank back up river toward the scene.
Several agencies are involved in the investigation. Besides the
Indiana State Police and Jefferson County Sheriffs Department,
they include: Indiana Department of Natural Resources, IN Sheriffs
Department K-9s, St. Joseph Township Fire Department K-9s
and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security Search and Rescue
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