Man found dead who last saw missing Indiana woman

Marina Boelter has ties to Butler County

UPDATE @ 10 p.m. Feb. 14:

An autopsy performed Friday determined a Bloomfield, Indiana, man who was one of the last people to see a missing woman with ties to Butler County died of a stab wound to the heart.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Curt Durnil said the autopsy was conducted on the body of 22-year-old D.J. Lockhart, and confirmed the fatal wound. Lockhart was found Thursday evening in a home in Bloomfield, about 65 miles southwest of Indianapolis, our news partner WCPO-TV in Cincinnati reported.

No arrests have been made.

Lockhart was the former boyfriend of 18-year-old Marina Boelter, who disappeared New Year’s Eve after work at Bloomfield’s IGA.

Lockhart told police he saw Boelter get into a car with an older man and they drove away.

Boelter’s father, John Boelter, told WCPO that Marina grew up in Hamilton, and moved to Bloomfield to be with her grandfather.

John Boelter said Marina got into an argument with her ex-boyfriend after her work shift on New Year’s Eve, but he does not know the man with whom she left.

“That’s the last anybody’s seen her,” John said. “If he (Lockhart) did know something, now we’ll never know.”

Although desperate for answers, Marina’s family tries to stay confident. John Boelter clings to hope, but worries that Lockhart may be the only person with a lead in Marina’s disappearance.

“It’s been tough. It’s all I think about. It’s hard to sleep,” John said. “When I do sleep, wake up, it’s the first thing on my mind.”

Police said Friday they’d exhausted all leads about the car and man.

Durnil says it’s unclear whether the stabbing and disappearance are linked, WCPO reported.

JAN. 7, 2015:

Authorities in Indiana continue to search for a woman who has been missing since Dec. 31 and has ties to the Hamilton area.

Marina Boelter, 18, was reportedly last seen around 6 p.m. Dec. 31 outside of her work at IGA in Bloomfield.

Boelter attended Hamilton City Schools until she transferred to another school out of state in April 2010, according to Hamilton City School District Spokesperson Joni Copas.

Boelter’s father, brother, and sister-in-law still live in Hamilton, according to a family member who spoke with the Journal-News.

A GoFundMe account has been created by family members to help cover expenses as they travel from Hamilton to Bloomfield to help in the search for Boelter. Bloomfield is about 160 miles west of Hamilton.

Indiana State Police and the Greene County Sheriff’s Department are involved in the investigation, according to family members.

Boelter is described as a white female, about 5-foot-3. She has blonde hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information about Boelter’s disappearance or whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Greene County Sheriff’s Department at 812-384-4411 or Greene County Crime Stoppers at 812-847-5463.

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