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Wednesday January 15 2020 - 14:25:52


January 15, 2020

On January 14, 2020, Esther J. Stephen, 31, of Portland, Indiana and Shelby N. Hiestand, 18, also of Portland, Indiana were arrested for the murder of Shea Briar.  They are currently being held in the Jay County Security Center without bond.  Jay County Prosecutor Wes Schemenaur expects formal charges to be filed later in the day and after that, an initial court appearance will be scheduled.

The investigation was conducted by Jay County Sheriff's Department with assistance from the Indiana State Police, the Portland Police Department, the Dunkirk Police Department, and the Jay County Prosecutor's Office.

An arrest or criminal charge is merely an accusation of wrongdoing.  The defendants are innocent until proven guilty.


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