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Wife of Harrison County homicide victim: ‘I don’t want them killed’

Updated: Wednesday, April 2 2014, 06:54 PM EDT
HARRISON COUNTY, Ohio - NEWS9's Ryan Eldredge caught up with the wife of the victim of a homicide for an exclusive interview on Wednesday in Harrison County.
Tami Strother, wife of Joe Strother, said the past week has been difficult for her, her two sons and the rest of their family.
She said Joe was a fun loving guy who would give the shirt off his back for anyone. She hopes the pair on the run will be caught and punished.
"These people are dangerous," she said. "They need off the street. I don't want them killed. I want them caught. I don't want (Matthew Dowdle) to be dead because that's too good for him. I want him in prison for the rest of his life getting tortured and miserable because it would be a long life. He's only 24."
Despite all of that, her main focus is the search for the two suspects.
Along those lines, officials say they tracked the vehicle Dowdel and Eve Irene Kelley were believed to be in to Florida headed toward Orlando.
Investigators say it's unclear if the two are with the vehicle, but it is known that the vehicle has not been located.
"They cannot confirm that it is them driving the vehicle, they can only confirm it is the vehicle," Detective Bill Jones of the Harrison County Sherriff's Office said. "No one has spotted them. We assume that they are still in possession of the vehicle but we cannot confirm that at this time."
As for the crime itself, investigators are withholding information. They said it is likely they will release more details as next week's meeting of the Harrison County Grand Jury nears. Much of that is because that they are still waiting for the full autopsy report.
Officials said they still want people in the Ohio Valley to be on the lookout for Kelley and Dowdel. The said it is possible that they are still in the area or could return.    As always, if you have any information, call investigators or our Crimebusters tip-line.

Wife of Harrison County homicide victim: ‘I don’t want them killed’

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