NEW PARIS —Two teenagers have been arrested and charged in the March murder of a New Paris resident.
On March 28, investigators from the Preble County Sheriff’s Office and New Paris Police Department began their investigation into the death of Travis Bourne of New Paris. His body was found inside his residence at 514 Cardinal Hill Drive on March 28. During the initial scene investigation, detectives determined two vehicles belonging to Bourne were missing from the residence.
According to Sheriff Mike Simpson, on April 10, a 1997 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, owned by Bourne, was recovered at a private campground near Alexandria, Indiana, in Madison County. That vehicle was towed back to Eaton where it was processed for evidence by detectives.
On April 28, PCSO detectives were contacted by the Anderson, Indiana Police Department During the course of a robbery investigation in Anderson, Bourne’s 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier was recovered.
“During Anderson PD’s robbery investigation, information became known that their suspect in the robbery case may be involved in our homicide investigation,” Simpson noted.
PCSO detectives traveled to Anderson on Friday, April 28, according to Simpson, and interviewed the suspect, identified as Tiyoune L. Hoskins.
During the interview with Hoskins, a second suspect, Ty Milik Dwayne Williams, was identified. He was located in Anderson at school.
“The second suspect was subsequently interviewed in our case,” Simpson said.
During interviews, both suspects confessed to being involved in the murder of Bourne. Investigators believe the victim met both suspects on a social media website. Detectives obtained arrest warrants for both suspects and both are currently being held in the Madison County, Indiana Jail.
Both will eventually be extradited back to Preble County, according to Simpson.
The Chevrolet Cavalier was returned to the Preble County Sheriff’s Office where it will be processed for evidence.
Hoskins, 19, was formally charged in Eaton Municipal Court with one count of aggravated murder and one count of murder.
Williams, 18, was formally charged in Preble County Juvenile Court with one count of aggravated murder and one count of murder. Williams was 17 years old at the time the murder occurred.
Detectives are continuing their investigation, and are conducting follow-ups based on the arrests of the suspects, according to Simpson.
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