Westfield PD: “The injuries they sustained was from blunt force trauma.”

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WESTFIELD (Dec. 22) — Westfield police detectives are finally releasing new information about the deaths of a mother and daughter. Police are searching for a person of interest in what’s now being called a home invasion robbery. On Friday, Marylyn Erb, 52, and her daughter Kelley Erb, 23, were found dead in their home on Oak Park Court.

The Westfield Police Department issued surveillance video images that, they say, show a man who may know something about what happened.
Police say the man shown in them may know something about what happened.

“The photos that we recovered through our investigatory process were recovered out of businesses on the northeast side of Indianapolis in the Lawrence area,” said Capt. Charles Hollowell, Westfield Police Department.

Friday around high noon, Westfield Police officers believe the person responsible somehow got in to the Erb’s house, and even though it’s being called a home invasion robbery, there was no sign of forced entry. The person killed Marylyn Erb and her daughter Kelley.

“The injuries they sustained was from blunt force trauma,” said Capt. Hollowell. “Blunt force trauma is not going to be a shooting.”

The two of them were found by a relative. Soon after, police converged on the home, which began raising a lot of questions. Police detectives weren’t saying a lot about what happened, and the unknown scared the Erb’s neighbors.

“Sometimes it’s better to give limited information out than to give incorrect or assumed information,” said Capt. Hollowell.

Police still have not said how the killer got in, or if the Erb’s knew the person who did it. But they’re hoping the person of interest can tell them something.

Police offered up these tips to protect yourself:

Make sure your garage door is down.
Lock your doors and windows.
Report anything that looks suspicious or even just out of the ordinary.

If you know anything about this crime, you’re asked to call the Westfield Police Department at (317) 773-1300. You can also give an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS (8477).