Judy Schindler

Arrest made in Whitestown homicides

Updated: Monday, 01 Mar 2010, 2:55 PM EST
Published : Friday, 26 Feb 2010, 3:46 PM EST

WHITESTOWN, Ind. (WISH) - The manhunt for the prime suspect in a Central Indiana triple homicide ended in an arrest early Saturday. Authorities arrested the 19-year-old man suspected of brutally killing his twin brother, his father and his father's wife in Ward, TX. Police located the teenager after he used a credit card Friday in Mount Vernon, Texas, 50 miles east of Dallas.

Whitestown authorities were called to 101 Hull Street Friday after 46-year-old Judy Schindler's employer, TJ's Market, reported that she had not come to work.

Police found Schindler's body and those of her husband, 51-year-old Alejandro Chamorro, and her husband's son, 19-year-old Alex Chamorro Jr., inside the home.

The bodies of Alejandro Sr. and Schindler were found in their living room while Alejandro Jr. was found dead in his bedroom.

Police said Alejandro Chamorro's son, 19-year-old Barney Jose Chamorro, who also lived at the home and is believed to have been present during the killings. Barney Chamorro is also the twin brother of Alex Chamorro Jr.

“We believe he was in the residence last night. We have reason to believe that and he was last seen at a local filling station last night in one of the victim’s trucks," said Whitestown Police Chief Dennis Anderson.

Barney Chamorro had recently lost his job at a Zionsville Burger King where the brothers worked.

Schindler's co-worker at TJ's Market, Tonya Gwaltney, made the call to police.

“Judy was very outgoing, friendly. Everybody liked her. She worked here for about two years," said Gwaltney. “She simply cared. She cared about our business, she cared about my mom, who's the owner, and she’s gonna be dearly missed and very, very hard to replace.”

Chamorro Sr. worked at the Old Country Buffet restaurant in Westfield for over 12 years. His co-workers called him an exemplary employee who never missed work and was rarely late.

Restaurant manager Andrew Leonerd told 24-Hour News 8 he anxiously awaited word about Chamorro Sr., or ”Alex" as he was known.

"Our hearts sank because Alex was very well-loved here. He'd worked here overe 12 years and he was probably our most-loved server and everyone looked at him as our grand old man of the restaurant," said Leonerd.

Leonerd said that Chamorro Sr. was last seen by restaurant employees on Thursday when Alejandro Jr. picked him up from work at 4 p.m.

Leonerd says they appeared to be in good spirits when they left.

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