Neighbors react to murder investigation

New Haven police were called to the 1600 block of Sherbrook Drive just after 3 p.m. Saturday.

Posted: Nov 27, 2017 11:03 PM
Updated: Nov 28, 2017 1:26 PM

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WFFT) - A woman was beaten to death inside her own home over the holiday weekend.

New Haven police were called to the 1600 block of Sherbrook Drive just after 3:00 p.m. Saturday.

They were doing a welfare check, but found Heidi Colley, 61, dead inside her bedroom.

Monday, The Allen County Coroner's office declared Colley died from blunt force trauma, telling WFFT Local the killer only used their fist.

Colley's son, 42-year-old Chad Ingram was also inside the home and arrested on battery charges.

Police are calling him a "Person of interest."

Neighbors said they are surprised someone was murdered in their quiet neighborhood, but they're not surprised Ingram is accused of beating his mother to death in their home.

Frank Doster lives across the street from Colley and Ingram.

Ingram, who has a history of abusing Colley, is well known in the neighborhood for his bad behavior.

"He had problems. The police had been out here this summer, a couple times," said Doster.

He was home when police were called to his neighbor's house Saturday.

"I had heard him over my TV yelling at the police, 'I always knew he was going to kill her.' That's what got my attention and I came to the window," Doster said.

Court documents show Doster heard Colley's brother, who called for the welfare check.

That's because he hadn't heard from his sister for three weeks.

During that time, Doster said his wife noticed Ingram acting a little differently.

"Brenda had seen him coming and going this week on his bicycle and around the back of the house, but she didn't think that much of it," Doster said.

He said Ingram would occasionally walk up the street talking with people.

However, the conversations would be weird.

"He walked up to me and the first thing out of his mouth was 'don't be mean to the retard.' I just thought that was kind of odd," Doster said.

"I talked to him when he walked up and down the street a few times, just saying 'Hi.' He'd walk up while I was cutting the grass, talk to him about what ever, and he would walk off," said Paul Forsyth, who also lived nearby.

Forsyth said something should've been done about Ingram, who was last convicted of battery last year.

"I understand it's a family with issues but they should've pushed the issue of him getting help them," Forsyth said.

"You see everything happening out in the world, but you don't think it's going to happen in my neighborhood. But here it is right across the street," said Doster.

Ingram hasn't been charged with his mother's murder at the time of this report.

The Allen County Coroner's office said Colley's death is the 35th homicide in the county in 2017.

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