After both failed to appear for their Cass Superior Court 2 initial hearings, efforts to locate the wife in a husband-and-wife team in the death investigation of a Logansport woman are ongoing by the Logansport Police Department.
The husband, Jason Beebout, 44, is sitting behind bars at the Miami County Jail on felony and misdemeanor charges for resisting law enforcement in that county. His initial hearing is in Miami Superior Court 1 at 8:45 a.m. Feb. 23.
And LPD Lt. Brad Miller said Friday that additional charges could be filed at a later date in the pending Cass County case.
As of Friday, a warrant for the arrest of Jaclyn Martell Beebout, 41, remains outstanding. Both husband and wife had initially been picked up and arrested on class A misdemeanor charges of failure to report 65-year-old Logansport resident, Cynthia Newman’s human remains.
However, both bonded out of the Cass County Jail.
Following this arrest, Jason Beebout was charged with a Level 3 felony of burglary resulting in bodily injury. That case was filed in Cass Circuit Court on Feb. 9 with a warrant issued for his arrest. The burglary arrest prompted the Cass County Prosecutor’s Office to file a motion to revoke bond in the failure to report human remains misdemeanor case.
Currently, the next court date set for Jaclyn Beebout is at 9 a.m. March 15 for her Cass Superior Court 1 Level 6 felony charge of possession of methamphetamine.
Right now, Miller said her whereabouts are unknown.
After receiving a tip and a search warrant, officers executed a welfare check at 910 22nd St. on Jan. 29. When entering the residence, they found animal feces covering the floor and the house in disarray, according to the LPD.
They also found a deceased woman on a “reclining chair with a pillow under her head and her body was covered in blankets, appearing to be an attempt to cover the body from sight,” the police report stated.
In a “significant state of decay,” the body, later identified as Newman, showed “extensive decompensation where the hands were showing bone and the skin was beginning to peel off,” according to the LPD. Newman was Jaclyn Beebout’s mother. “The body was covered with insects and it appeared some of the animals inside the house had been eating the remains.”
A dog and at least two cats were found at the residence. All were taken to the Cass County Humane Society.
An LPD report stated that Jason Beebout allegedly told a friend that “his mother-in-law … was deceased and has been dead since approximately October.” He also reportedly informed the friend that “the body of Cynthia was turning black.”
According to a police report, he told officers that “he never spoke to Cynthia and it wasn’t uncommon for him to never see her,” according to a police report. He further said that he had been preparing dinner between 7:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Jan. 29, when he went to his mother-in-law’s room to ask if she wanted something to eat. According to his statement in the report, he told officers that she did not respond, so he “walked over to her and observed she was deceased and walked out.”
The Beebouts, two children, and Newman resided at the residence.
George Franklin, Cass County coroner, previously said that the autopsy of Newman’s body did not reveal foul play, but he would have to wait for confirmation by the pathologist’s report.
The City condemned the 22nd Street residence during a Logansport Board of Public Works & Safety meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 3.