Suspects In Cadiz Murder Nabbed

The two suspects in the murder of Joseph M. Strother, a 45-year-old Cadiz man who was found dead in Sally Buffalo Park on March 28, were caught by Florida authorities after a chase Saturday evening.

Matthew Dowdel, 24, of Hopedale, and Eve Irene Kelley, 33, previously of Wintersville, fled to Daytona Beach, Fla. in their attempt to evade arrest after they were named as suspects in Strother’s death. Last week, a traffic camera read the license plate of Dowdel and Kelley’s stolen 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer.

On Saturday, police from Daytona Beach Shores Public Safety initiated a traffic stop which ended with the suspects fleeing on foot. The foot chase reportedly started at a Walgreen’s drugstore at 3004 S. Atlantic Ave. in Daytona Beach Shores.

The duo attempted to hide behind a dumpster before taking off in different directions. A police officer pursuing Kelley used a Taser to stop her.

Dowdel and Kelley are being held at the Volusia County Branch Jail without bail as Daytona Beach Shores officials work with Harrison County law enforcement. Harrison County authorities were expected to begin extradition proceedings to bring the suspects back to Harrison County.

Harrison County Sheriff Joe Myers said previously that officials have been in contact with the U.S. Marshal Service since the stolen vehicle was spotted in Daytona Beach.

Upon booking, Dowdel was charged with resisting an officer without violence, driving with license suspended/revoked, grand theft of a motor vehicle under $100,000 and being a fugitive from justice.

Kelley was charged with resisting an officer without violence, grand theft of a vehicle and being a fugitive from justice.

Harrison County officials have released few details surrounding Strother’s death.