A half-brother of one of Aleah Beckerle’s sisters was arrested in connection with the death of the disabled teen on Friday.
Terrence Wayne Roach, 24, is facing murder, kidnapping, abuse of a corpse, burglary resulting in bodily injury, and criminal confinement charges, according to WEHT. The 24-year-old said he got the idea of abducting the nonverbal teen “popped in his head” after smoking K2, a synthetic marijuana. Roach is the half-brother of one of Aleah’s sisters.
Roach reportedly admitted to breaking in through a side window of Beckerle’s bedroom, taking the teen, and driving her to an abandoned house in Evansville, Ohio. He claimed he used duct tape on Beckerle, 19, before she died, a probable cause affidavit revealed.
The suspect also allegedly admitted to having sexual intercourse with the 19-year-old’s corpse.
Aleah's Great Aunt just posted statement from Cara Beckerle, Aleah's mom, following Terrence Roach's arrest pic.twitter.com/RchnhmPgbO
— Paige Hagan (@Paige14News) April 1, 2017
As Crime Online reported, the remains of Beckerle—who went missing eight months ago—were found in the vacant home Monday. Authorities described the teen’s body as “badly decomposed.”
Beckerle required a wheelchair, medication, and around-the-clock care. Her medication, which prevented severe seizures, was left behind when she disappeared in July.
Roach lived next door to the run-down house, according to the Evansville Courier-Press. Roach’s stepfather, Glen Eastwood, claimed the 24-year-old was missing for the past couple days and wasn’t answering phone calls. Roach and Eastwood lived together.
On Friday, police said the people who led them to Beckerle’s remains were not suspects.
“Particularly to the individuals who are responsible for Aleah’s death, come forward,” Evansville Police Captain Andy Chandler said Wednesday. “We’re going to find you. Why don’t you come forward now so we can put this to rest.”
Authorities haven’t released a possible motive. A coroner has yet to determine an official cause or manner of death.
[Featured Images: Vanderburgh County Jail/Evansville Police Department]