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Talitha Beckley

Talitha Beckley

KENTLAND — Police have located a 36-year-old Monticello woman who has become the latest to be charged in the wake of the alleged murder of a 30-year-old West Lafayette woman.

Talitha Beckley is in custody at the Newton County Jail and has been charged with a felony count of assisting a criminal, police said.

Police asked earlier this week for the public's help in locating Beckley as part of the investigation into the alleged murder of Nicole L. Bowen.

Beckley had an active warrant through Pulaski County, police said.

Police announced April 5 they had charged Garett K. Kirts, 21, of Lebanon, with the murder, sheriff's Capt. Shannon Cothran said.

Bowen's body was found about 2:40 p.m. March 30 in a rural area of Jefferson County. Police said earlier last week foul play was suspected.

Kirts was arrested April 1 on a charge of resisting law enforcement.

Jasmine N. Parker, 34, of Kentland, Ashley N. Garth, 26, of Delphi, and Christopher C. Mathis, 27, of Kentland, each were charged with level 5 felony assisting a criminal.

The Newton County coroner's office, Newton County prosecutor's office, Indiana State Police, Jasper County Sheriff's Office, Jasper County coroner's office, Rensselaer Police Department and FBI are assisting in the ongoing investigation.

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Porter/LaPorte County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.