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ISP Putnamville Investigating Interstate 70 Shooting That Resulted In One Death
Updated May 9, 2016 7:42 AM | Filed under: Crime
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Picture of van involved in the shooting death of Mario L. Edwards Sr. as it arrived at the Putnamville Post around 3:15 a.m. Sunday morning. The van will be processed by ISP Crime Scene Investigators.

(PUTNAM CO.) - Indiana State Police detectives from the Putnamville Post, along with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, have arrested two males related to the death investigation of Mario L. Edwards Sr. of Columbus, Ohio.

33-year-old Edwards was allegedly shot in the torso by another male passenger during an argument while riding along I-70 in a passenger van near Cloverdale.

The group was traveling from Columbus, Ohio to Missouri. The incident occurred late Sunday evening.

Police arrested 18-year-old Markus S. Yeanay, of Columbus, Ohio, on a charge of murder.

They also arrested 21-year-old Stefon R. Woods, age 21, both of Columbus, Ohio, on a charge of possession of controlled substance (Cocaine) less than two grams.

Woods has not been charged at this time in relation to murder.

According to police, four individuals were traveling from Columbus, Ohio to the state of Missouri. While en-route, two individuals Edwards and Yeanay who were in the back seat of the vehicle got into an argument. During the disagreement, Yeanay allegedly fired multiple gunshots, from handgun, into the Edward's torso.

After the shooting, the occupants of the vehicle found their way to Putnam County Hospital where they relinquished Edwards to the emergency room staff and immediately left. Also leaving behind a witness. Police were notified at 9:50 p.m. and arrived about 4 minutes later.

Edwards died at the hospital. An autopsy is scheduled for later this week.

Law enforcement were initially looking for the vehicle involved, a white 2016 Kia Sedona van with Ohio registration GPF6801, along with two black males.

At approximately 2 o'clock Sunday morning, a Putnam County Sheriff's deputy located the suspect vehicle westbound on State Road 240 near County Road 500 East. The vehicle was stopped approximately one-half mile north of Indianapolis Road on Round Barn Road near Greencastle.

PCSO deputy and a Greencastle PD officer arrested Yeanay and Woods without incident.

ISP and PCSO detectives are currently interviewing the two individuals.

Investigation is continuing and no other information will be released. If new developments arise, they will be released in a timely manner.

The van was taken to the Putnamville Post for processing.

The lead investigator is ISP Detective Don Curtis. Assisting were ISP Detectives First Sergeant Jason Fajt and Sergeant Sam Stearley, Putnam County Sheriff Scott Stockton and deputies, including PCSO Detective Doug Nally, Putnam County Coroner's Office, Greencastle Police Department and the Cloverdale Police Department and Putnam County Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter.



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