WELLSVILLE, Ohio (WKBN) – A Wellsville man was arrested Thursday night in connection to a murder investigation.
Reports say that Tyrell Travers, 24, was arrested in West Virginia as a fugitive from justice after authorities there learned that he had been indicted on the charges in Columbiana County. He is expected to be brought back to the area by the end of the day.
“Our detective worked on this several months and everything kept pointing back to Mr. Travers. All the evidence keeps leading back to the same place,” said East Liverpool Police Chief John Lane.
Travers is accused of the shooting death of Dion McMillon, who was found dead in a vehicle on Mapletreet Street in May, according to police.
The investigation was initially hampered because potential witnesses would not cooperate.
“When you didn’t have that much cooperation, it took a lot of extra work,” Lane said.
Further delaying the case, police had to wait for the state BCI lab to process evidence as investigators built their case against Travers. At this point, authorities will not discuss a possible motive.
“He’s been in the area. He hasn’t been hiding. It was just a matter of getting the warrants in place to do it – get the indictment,” Lane said.
Reports say that Travers is facing charges of aggravated murder, tampering with evidence and firearm charges.
“We were pleased to learn that Mr. Travers was apprehended in Hancock County. We will work expeditiously to get him back into the custody of Columbiana County authorities. More details will follow once we are able to release them, but thank you to the Sheriff’s Office and Hancock County for their quick work in the apprehension,” said Columbiana County Prosecutor Vito Abbruzino.
Travers is expected to make his first court appearance in Lisbon early next month.