KOSCIUSKO COUNTY, Ind. (WFFT)- An Elkhart man was charged with murder for the stabbing death of another man found in Kosciusko County.
It happened on west 300 north Monday. 22-year-old David L. Strowder Jr. was found with 63 stab wounds. At first glance, it looks like a secluded area, but Strowder was found down the road from an elementary school, and close to a neighborhood that said they're shocked at the news.
"It's pretty scary, and a lot of residents here are worried about it. They're worried to go out at night," said Lesley Quinn, a resident of the neighborhood.
Another neighbor, Brett Josephson said he was just getting home when police responded to the call.
"When I drove home I noticed a lot of cop cars and the road was closed, and it was a pretty rainy night so I assumed the road was flooded, so to hear about it on the news the next day was very alarming," Josephson said.
The suspect, 23-year-old Derrick Wandrick appeared in court Friday for his initial hearing. Detectives said during a press conference Wandrick stabbed Strowder with a kitchen knife in his car, then left him on the side of the road.
"Officers arrived, emergency medical personnel arrived, rendered first aid, CPR. He was later transported to a Kosciusko community hospital where he was pronounced dead," said Lt. Todd Sautter, a detective for the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department.
Wandrick is originally from Harvey, Illinois, but according to an affidavit, he had been living in Elkhart with Strowder and his sister. The document states she checked the area where Wandrick kept his clothes, and found two bloody shirts that belong to Wandrick. Police later found a pair of shoes that match shoe prints found at the scene.
"A lot of it came from witnesses and family of the victim. Just amazing support that we got from the city of Elkhart, the police department, and from the citizens," Lt. Sautter said.
Kosciusko County hasn't seen a murder in about a year. Detective Sautter said even with Wandrick in custody, the incident is under investigation, and it's still a shock to the community.
"It could happen anywhere, and why it happened there, I have no idea," Lesley Quinn said.
Detectives still don't know a motive for this murder, but they do believe the victim was related to the suspect. The coroner told WFFT a crime this violent is usually personal.
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