Police Have Answers To What May Have Sparked Double Homicide-Suicide

By Jeff Neumeyer

December 12, 2011 Updated Dec 12, 2011 at 6:55 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- A dating break-up triggers deadly violence in a Lima Road home.

Fort Wayne police believe they now know the motive for an apparent double homicide-suicide from Saturday.

Police are saying the shooter had been dating one of the shooting victims, the relationship ended, and when the girl came by the man's home to retrieve a personal item, violence erupted.

Fort Wayne police entered a residence Saturday about 3 p.m. and discovered the bodies of 19-year old Erin Jehl, 19-year old Ryann Tipton and an older man who has yet to be formally identified by the Allen County Coroner’s office.

Police were drawn to that address by a 911 call from Nancy Lopez from Washington state, who read a post on Bart Heller's Facebook page, saying, "Someone call 911. Three dead bodies at 3229 Lima Road...I've killed Ryann, Erin and myself...People were warned not to "blank" play me and ruin me. They didn't listen, sorry about your luck.”

Police say Jehl and Heller broke up a few days prior.

A source tells me Jehl was coming by to pick up a pet.

Officer Raquel Foster/Fort Wayne Police Department: " We may never really know what led to that shooting, all we know right now is that Ms. Jehl arrived at the home with the intent to collect personal belongings and that Mr. Tipton, a long-time friend of hers, accompanied her to that home to assist her, and that's all we know."

Police say there was no evidence that Heller had threatened Jehl previously.

Jehl had parked in front of the Lima Road home, left the car running, apparently anticipating a quick "in" and "out", but neither she nor Tipton made it back out alive.

We’re told Nancy Lopez had never personally met Bart Heller before, but the two were friends on Facebook, she saw the status update foretelling the awful crime, and she let local police know about it.

Officer Foster says law enforcement authorities in Washington contacted Lopez, and then passed along information to Fort Wayne Police detectives.

Foster says because of the potential volatility surrounding dating break-ups, it’s best to have “no contact” with the other party when hard feelings exist, but she says if a meeting is required to retrieve personal items, it’s advisable to ask police to come along to make sure problems do not arise.




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