Murder Suspects Returning to Area

The two people charged with the murder of Joseph Strother, a Cadiz resident who was found dead in Sally Buffalo Park on March 28, will see a Harrison County courtroom sooner than previously expected.

Matthew Dowdel, 24, of Hopedale, and Eve Kelley, 33, previously of Wintersville, were arrested in Daytona Beach Shores, Fla., after being on the run for more than a week and are being held in the Volusia County Jail without bond. Although they faced charges in Florida, including grand theft of a motor vehicle under $100,000 and being fugitives from justice, officials have decided to dismiss the charges and release Dowdel and Kelley to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department.

On Tuesday, a group from the department will leave for Florida and pick up the suspects in a cruiser, then make the 15-hour trip home.

They are expected to return by May 2, and the suspects will be arraigned shortly thereafter.