COLUMBUS — A jury, on Friday, found Patrick Doyle, of Columbus, guilty of murdering his girlfriend and burying her remains in a shallow grave in 2021.
The jury deliberated for about an hour before returning its guilty verdict.
Doyle will be sentenced on March 23.
Heather Ann Steuver’s remains were found just off County Road 400 North between U.S. 31 and River Road. She had been missing since Aug. 22, 2021. According to Bartholomew County Coroner Clayton Nolting, Steuver died of blunt-force trauma to the head.
After Steuver, 37, was reported as a missing person on Aug. 26, 2021 investigators found several pornographic photos of children on Doyle’s phone. Most of the photos found on Doyle’s phone were explicit photos of children under the age of 12.
When questioning Doyle about the photos they were able to get information on where Steuver’s body was located.