An Indiana man who is a suspect in a triple murder there was arrested Friday in London.
Thirty-year-old Jeremy Blanchard of Gas City, Ind., was extradited to his home state Tuesday after spending the weekend the Laurel County Detention Center. He was charged as a fugitive from justice by Kentucky State Police.
In Indiana, Blanchard will be questioned about the deaths of three people — one of them his former girlfriend — found in a Kokomo, Ind., house Friday morning.
Blanchard was also wanted for probation violation in Indiana.
Trooper Don Trosper, Kentucky State Police Post 11 public affairs officer, said Trooper Michelle Lunsford spotted Blanchard driving on Interstate 75 around 9 p.m. Friday. Trosper said Indiana police officials alerted KSP to be on the lookout for Blanchard’s vehicle, a 2006 tan Chevrolet Impala, traveling south on I-75.
“Trooper Lunsford spotted the car and followed it from just north of Exit 41 until it pulled off on Exit 38,” Trosper said. “That gave us time to have other officers in place in case there was an incident.”
Trooper Fred Pennington and Sgt. Steve Walker were waiting near the exit when Blanchard pulled into the parking area between Shell and Fazoli’s. Also assisting at the scene were Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer Toby Curry and London Police.
Blanchard was arrested without incident.
Twenty-eight-year-old Jessica Berg, Blanchard’s ex-girlfriend; Berg’s mother, 57-year-old Rebecca Berg; and 62-year-old David McPike were found dead inside McPike’s home in Kokomo Friday morning, the Kokomo Perspective newspaper reported.
An autopsy determined they died of multiple stab wounds.
Berg and her mother stayed the night at McPike’s home so they could attend a family member’s funeral on April 9. A family friend who came to McPike’s house that morning discovered the bodies.
Jessica Berg had requested an emergency protective order against Blanchard, which was signed by a Grant County, Ind., judge on the day the bodies were found, according to the newspaper.
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