Police: Kokomo man arrested for assisting in wife’s suicide at public park

A Kokomo man was arrested after police said he assisted in the December suicide of his wife, who was found deceased in a public park.

Nicholas Ellis was felony charged with causing suicide, assisting suicide and criminal recklessness.

On Dec. 10, officers with the Kokomo Police Department were dispatched to the Darrough Chapel Park, where they found Jessica Ellis hanging from one of the shed rafters in the park’s picnic pavilion.  According to the probable cause affidavit, authorities located a note, allegedly written by Jessica Ellis, which requested her husband and mother be called upon the discovery of her body.

Officers reported they were unable to make contact with Nick Ellis, but they were able to contact Jessica’s mother.  During an interview with police, Jessica’s mother told authorities her daughter was married to Nick, but they were going through a separation prior to her death.

Authorities later interviewed Jessica’s brother’s girlfriend, who told officers Jessica had attempted to take her live numerous times in the past.  The woman reported Jessica called her several times on Dec. 6 to talk about an argument she had with Nick.  According to court documents, Jessica told her brother’s girlfriend that Nick tied a rope into a noose and placed it in the back of a truck they owed. Nick then allegedly told his wife it was there if she wanted to use it.

During a sweep of the victim’s home, authorities located another note believed to have been written by Jessica.  In the note, Jessica wrote she loved her children and asked them to forgive her, stated court documents.

Detectives were later able to locate Nick Ellis, who admitted to recently giving his wife a noose, according to the PC.  Authorities said he reported he had been separated from his wife for a while and they had been arguing because he had a girlfriend.

An autopsy of Jessica’s body revealed there was no foul play.

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