Murder Suspects Have Criminal Backgrounds

One suspect in the Friday murder of Joseph Struthers at Sally Buffalo Park in Cadiz is heavily tattooed and, along with a second suspect, is considered by police to be dangerous.

Cadiz Police Sgt. Chris Mazeroski said information about Matthew Dowdle, 24, of Hopedale, and Eve Irene Kelley, 33, of Wintersville, has been entered in the Ohio’s Law Enforcement Automated Data System, a statewide police alert system

“Based on the circumstances of the case, these suspects should be considered as dangerous,” he said. “Anyone with information about them should notify us immediately.”

Mazeroski said Dowdle is covered with tattoos.

“He has the letters C-A-S-H on the knuckles of one hand, and the letters F-L-O-W on the knuckles of the other,” he said. “He also has tear drops below his left eye and more markings around his neck and chin area.”

Mazeroski said Cadiz police, Harrison County sheriff’s deputies, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents, Prosecutor Michael Washington and members of the New Athens Emergency Medical Service converged on the park Friday evening after visitor found a body.

“We found reason to believe the crime covered a 300 feet area of the park,” he said.

On Sunday, police found a car believed to be owned by the couple in Bridgeport, where they were last seen. In addition to the tattoos, Dowdle was identified as wearing a multi-colored winter hat. The Bridgeport Police Department is also involved in the investigation.

Mazeroski said both suspects have extensive criminal backgrounds and are considered to be dangerous.

The only information released about the victim is that he was a 45-year-old Cadiz resident.

Anyone with information about the case or suspects is asked to call the Cadiz Police Department at 740-942-8844, the Harrison County Sheriff at 740-942-2197 or the Bridgeport Police Department at 740-635-9999.