How Did He Die? Who Killed John Welles?

TheResidents of Arcadia, FloridaWitness to a grisly murder that the police found in 2003, was, John Welles’ deceased body in a ditch. TheLast seen by 17-year-old at 11:30 AM July8, 2003, but he vanished soon afterward and the case was turned into an homicide within hours. ‘CounterClock’ season 4 chronicles John’s death and takes the listener through the police investigation, which tried its best to get to the bottom of the incident. Let’s delve into the details of the case and find out more, shall we?

How Did John Welles Die?

John WellesA lively 17-year old high school student, he was loved by all his friends and family. AcquaintancesTalked about John’s kindheartedness and mentioned that he was always ready to extend a helping hand or make a new friend. MoreoverBeing a brilliant student JohnAspirations to join the Coast GuardsAfter completing his education. TheTeenager was also a popular member  Fort Ogden Methodist ChurchHe lived with his family in Arcadia, Florida.

On July 8, 2003, JohnDecided to go to the local Walmarta store to do some shopping, but returned home around 11:30 pm. SurprisinglyHe seemed unreachable within a short time and disappeared into thin air. WithinMoments later, a large group gathered at The Wellesa household and began to search the surrounding areas for the teenager. OnOn the other side, John’s grandmother, PatShe even called 911 to report her grandson missing. SubsequentlyA shocking turn of events led to this. John’s deceased body was discovered floating inside a watery ditch in Joshua Creek. TheThe vehicle the victim drove was also found nearby.

AlthoughPeople immediately informed investigators about the location. The police were only able to solve the case 24 hours after the boy’s disappearance. UnfortunatelyThe crime scene was then disturbed and pieces of evidence were even taken away. This could have been very important. NeverthelessAfter an initial examination, detectives concluded that JohnAccidentally, he had fallen into the water and hit his head against a piece of metal. He drowned. HoweverAn autopsy quickly determined that JohnHe had a bullet lodged in the head and authorities knew they were conducting a homicide investigation.

Who Killed John Welles?

The initial investigation into John’s murder was relatively slow as there were no eyewitnesses or proper leads to follow. AlthoughInvestigators found themselves back at square one after enduring a number of interviews with law enforcement officials. HoweverAccording to the podcast, detectives discovered that after asking around for a while, they learned that John’s grandmother, PatBefore police arrived, he had removed some evidence from a crime scene. Additionally, she was also one of the three people who first located the victim’s body in Joshua Creek. YetWhen questioned, he replied: PatShe insisted on her innocence, claiming that she had nothing to do the crime.

InAdditional to PatThe police also investigated two other major suspects. Pat’s step-son, Skip, John’s friend, Patrick Skinner. InterestinglyThe podcast mentioned that Patrick SkinnerThis is how it works John’s relationship with SkipThings had become difficult in the days preceding his murder. Besides, SkinnerEven talked about how he found a loaded gun near him John’s vehicle, a few feet away from the ditch where John’s body was found. UnfortunatelyIn his excitement, SkinnerThe gun was either empty or full of bullets, but it was hidden from investigators by police. On the other hand, investigators couldn’t go anywhere with SkipHe outright denied that he was involved in the homicide, and was very insistent about his innocence.

InThe months that followed were incredibly difficult. InvestigatorsThey tried their best to find other theories on the homicide, but they soon discovered that there were none. Johnwas involved in a land dispute. AlthoughThis could have been the motive for the killing. Detectives were not able to link the incident. John’s death. InterestinglyA young boy by the name of was able to give the police a surprise breakthrough in 2006. SaraApproached the police and claimed that she had a tip about John’s murder. When questioned, SaraShe mentioned that she was in a violent relationship with her boyfriend of 19 years. Kevin CallahanHe had knowledge about the way JohnHe was killed. Although KevinHe never confessed, but he did tell SaraHe owned a handgun which would match the bullet used in his gun. John’s head. ThisAlthough it seemed like a good lead to follow, the podcast pointed out that detectives rarely paid much attention.

AccordingAccording to the podcast, 2017 was 14 years after. John’s murder, a different autopsy report claimed that the gun fell out of John’s holster when he tried to dismount from his vehicle, struck a piece of metal, and discharged accidentally, shooting the victim in the head. FurthermoreA forensic pathologist and an expert in firearms reconstruction reviewed the report and came to the same conclusion. ThusThe manner in which John’s death was changed to an accident, and the police were able to stop their homicide investigation. ToThis is the day! JohnIt is believed that he died from accidental firearm discharge. No one has been arrested or charged with the crime. (YouYou can listen to the complete CounterClock season 4 podcast by clicking here.

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