LaPorte Murder Suspect Arrested in Gary

A 26-year-old Gary man is in custody following his arrest by state conservation officers for the brutal murder of a 23-year-old woman in 2011.

Cadero Jester is suspected of murdering Christine Arnold of LaPorte in July 2011, after she was founded deceased in her car at the Ivanhoe Nature Preserve in Gary. Officials believe someone tampered with her vehicle, causing the accelerator to malfunction. Her vehicle crashed through a chain link fence as a result of the equipment failure.

Investigators say Arnold had also been beaten and stabbed, prompting police to launch a homicide investigation into her death.

Police found Jester in Gary on Wednesday and placed him under arrest.