Ripley County Sheriff's Office
Update posted at 2:50 p.m.:
Indiana State Police investigators have confirmed that they have a person of interest in the murder of five people in Franklin County.
Early Wednesday morning, Indiana State Police troopers from the Versailles Post arrested David Ison during a traffic stop on U.S. 52 in Andersonville.
Ison, 46, was taken to the Ripley County Jail where he is held on a charge of felony Robbery in connection with a holdup at the G.A. Tripplett Pharmacy in Osgood last May 9. DNA evidence collected at the scene helped investigators link Ison to the robbery where he showed a gun.
As a result of the arrest, detectives learned information about the Franklin County robberies. A search warrant led to home in neighboring Fayette County. Investigators have not said what was found there.
“We feel very confident we have a very good person of interest in connection with the murders up on Stipps Hill Road,” said Indiana State Police Sgt. Jerry Goodin, stressing Ison is not a suspect and has not been charged with the murders at this time.
Surveillance video of the May 9, 2011 robbery
at the G.A. Triplett Pharmacy in Osgood. The
suspect is believed to be David Ison.
Indiana State Police
Ison has an extensive criminal history in Indiana. He has been convicted of burglary several times in Ripley, Franklin, and Fayette counties dating back to 1990 and as recently as 2008; armed robbery convictions in Shelby and Franklin counties in 1990 and 1997; and fraud in Franklin County in 2008.
Franklin County Sheriff Kenneth Murphy said although there is now a name possibly associated with the murders of Roy, Angie, Melissa and Jacob Napier, as well as Henry Smith, the investigation is not over by any means.
“We will be interviewing individuals, witnesses, neighbors until we are 100 percent certain we have the person involved in the shooting,” Murphy said.
Update posted at 1:33 p.m.:
(Versailles, Ind.) – A person of interest in connection with a massacre in Franklin County is being held at the Ripley County Jail.
David E. Ison has been charged with Robbery for a May 2011 failed holdup at the G.A. Triplett Pharmacy in Osgood. He was arrested on that charge Tuesday night.
Ison, 46, has not been charged in connection with the five murders Sunday at two homes on Stipps Hill Road near Metamora in Franklin County.
Roy Napier, his ex-wife Angie Napier, and their two adult children, Melissa and Jacob Napier were each shot in the head at Roy Napier’s home. Neighbor Henry Smith was shot in the chest. Angie Napier and Smith had also suffered head trauma in addition to the gunshots.
Indiana State Police have announced a 2:30 p.m. press conference in Brookville to update information.
Ison has a lengthy criminal past. According to the Indiana Department of Corrections, he has been convicted of burglary several times in Ripley, Franklin, and Fayette counties dating back to 1990 and as recently as 2008; armed robbery convictions in Shelby and Franklin counties in 1990 and 1997; and fraud in Franklin County in 2008.
Original story 10:55 a.m.:
(Franklin County, Ind.) - A person of interest is in custody, possibly connected to the murders of five people in western Franklin County.
Indiana State Police and the Franklin County coroner said Tuesday night that five people found dead at two homes on Stipps Hill Road near Metamora were all victims of homicide.
Fox 59 TV in Indianapolis reports Wednesday morning that an unnamed person of interest is held at the Ripley County Jail on unrelated charges after a SWAT standoff in Franklin County Tuesday night.
The person is a suspect for a recent robbery at an Osgood pharmacy, Fox 59 reports.
It’s a huge break in the quintuple murder case. As of Tuesday evening, police did not have any suspects or persons of interest.
Stay tuned to Eagle 99.3 for the latest information as it becomes available.