Cadiz police seeking two in homicide case

CADIZ – A homicide investigation is continuing in Harrison County, after the body of 45-year-old Joseph Strothers was found Friday evening at Sally Buffalo Park in Cadiz.

Officials are seeking two suspects in connection with the case: Matthew Dowdle, 24, of Hopedale and Eve Irene Kelley, 33, of Wintersville. Both suspects were last seen in Bridgeport.

Dowdle was described as 6 foot 1, 188 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He has two tear drop tattoos below his left eye and the words ‘cash’ and ‘flow’ tattooed on the knuckles of his hands. He also has a visible tattoo on his neck. He was last seen wearing a multicolored toboggan. Kelley was described as 5 foot 6, 165 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. The two are believed to be traveling in a white Chevy Trailblazer with possible damage to the front end and a cracked windshield.

A motive has not been commented on by police.

The victim was found at approximately 5 p.m. on Friday, near Shelter 3 of the park. Strothers had been reported missing on Thursday night by his wife, and his abandoned vehicle was found in Bridgeport.

Cadiz police taped off the area, closed down the park and escorted visitors out, as evidence was found throughout a 300 yard area. The park has since been re-opened.

Cadiz Police and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation processed the crime scene. The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and Bridgeport Police are helping in the investigation.

Anyone who sees Dowdle and/or Kelly is warned not to approach them, but to call the Cadiz police department at (740) 942-8844 or the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department at (740) 942-2197.