After six years on the run, authorities say a Tennessee man has confessed to killing his former roommate.
Ian Shelden41 years old, is being charged with murder, auto theft, fraud and obstruction of justice after allegedly admitting to an investigator that he committed the murder Mark Trent in early March 2016, according to a press release and Affidavit of Probability for Arrest issued by Delaware County Prosecution Attorney Eric M. Hoffman.
According to the affidavit, Ian and his wife Tracy Shelden was living with Trent in Indiana when the man went missing. Neighbors told investigators that one day “vehicle disappeared” from the residence.
Neighbors told authorities it was “like they had moved out overnight”.
Around the time he was missing, a Facebook post on Trent’s page said that “he was re-evaluating his life and taking a break from everyone, possibly forever”. However, his family questioned this, after discovering Trent had left his dog and wallet at his abandoned apartment, according to the affidavit.
Investigators soon learned that another individual had used Trent’s ATM card, but beyond that, there was no new evidence in the case. There were no signs of a bad game, no bodies or remains, and officials were never able to contact Sheldens. By that time, Ian and Tracy had fled Indiana and returned to his home state of Tennessee. Then, six years after Trent went missing, investigators received a call from the missing man’s niece saying that Sheldens was living in Tennessee and that she believed they had information related to his disappearance. aunt and uncle.
Investigators from Delaware County Sheriff’s Office find Tracy first and talk to her about the last time she saw Trent. From the manifest of length:
Tracy Shelden told the Inquisitor that she and Ian Shelden lived with Mark Trent in Muncie briefly in 2015. However, after a period of “falling in love”, she and Ian moved out. Tracy Shelden informed the Investigator that she and Ian lived in a car for a short time, but stayed away from Mr. Trent. However, Tracy said that there was a time after they moved out when she and Ian moved back to Mr. Trent’s residence. Tracy recounts that she, Ian, and Mr. Trent were in the house together when Ian asked her to go to the car. Then Tracy got out of her car and waited. Tracy says she waited outside for a long time, and eventually Ian came out alone and told her she needed to leave. When Tracy asked why, Ian didn’t tell her. Tracy subsequently left Mr. Trent’s property. The next morning, Ian and Tracy met again, Ian was driving the truck.[Mr. Trent] often drive. Tracy said she had never seen another person with Ian. Tracy said at the time, she and Ian were driving to Tennessee and met an acquaintance of Ian, whom she believes named Ryan wonham. Ian and Ryan then left together and traveled for three (3) to five (5) hours. When Ian returned, he no longer owned Mr. Trent’s truck. Tracy says she has no idea what happened to Mr. Trent’s truck. After the interview, investigators showed Tracy two (2) surveillance photographs collected from ATMs where Mr. Trent’s bank cards had been used. In both cases, Tracy identified the person in the photo as Ian Shelden, although in one of the photos Ian was dressed as a woman.
Investigators then spoke to Ian armed with this new information. At first, Ian blamed Trent’s death on an accidental drug overdose. Again, the affidavit:
Initially, Ian told Investigators that Mr. Trent had moved to Florida and that he would never hear from him again. Ian also admitted to bringing Maroon Dodge to Tennessee with Trent’s permission. Ian was supposed to bring the truck back to Muncie, but never did. Investigators showed Ian surveillance photos from an ATM where Mr. Trent’s bank card was used in Tennessee on March 28, 2016. Ian confirmed it was him, but would not identify him. acknowledged that the person dressed as the woman in another April 1, 2016 surveillance photo had been him. Investigators again asked Ian what happened to Mr. Trent. Ian admitted that he and Mr. Trent had an argument that resulted in Ian and Tracy having to leave Mr. Trent’s residence. Ian became emotional and told the Inquisitor that when he and Tracy left Muncie for Tennessee, Mr. Trent was indeed with them. Mr. Trent did not go to Florida as Ian originally said. Instead, Ian said Mr Trent, who was riding in his maroon Dodge with him, died unexpectedly during the trip from a drug overdose. Ian advised that he then panicked and tried to hide Mr. Trent’s body.
According to court papers, Ian took investigators to the place where he claimed to have dumped Trent’s body, but a search of the area did not reveal any sign of the deceased man’s remains. accumulate.
The affidavit said investigators further spoke to Ian’s parents, who informed them that their son had cried all night about a certain event in Indiana and said he didn’t want to go to jail. . Due to this new information, the investigators decided to speak to Ian again, and this time with a much different story. The affidavit describes what authorities have called a confession:
In this second interview, Ian gave another account regarding Mr. Trent’s death. Now Ian says he and Tracy went to Mr. Trent’s home in Muncie, Delaware County Indiana before setting off for Tennessee. While there, Ian and Mr. Trent talk about Ian and Tracy moving in and smoking crackers. [cocaine] together. According to Ian Sheldon, during this time, Ian asked Tracy to wait outside in the car. Ian advises that at some point, he and Mr. Trent go to the back bedroom where Ian used to stay. Ian alleges that while in that bedroom, Mr. Trent tried to seduce him. Ian alleges that he refused Mr. Trent’s advance and tried to leave the room. While leaving the bedroom, Ian alleges that Mr. Trent grabbed his belt. In response, Ian said he grabbed a “tent stake” nearby and hit Mr Trent in the face causing Mr Trent to immediately start bleeding. Ian describes the stake as being nearly two (2) feet long with a rounded top. According to Ian, Mr. Trent then asked why Ian hit him. Ian said he then hit Mr Trent again with the stake causing a “hole” in Mr Trent’s head. Ian advised that Mr. Trent had fallen to the floor and was bleeding profusely. Ian then went out and told Tracy to leave. Ian says he then went inside and took steps to cover up the murder. Specifically, Ian confessed that he used a bag to cover Mr. Trent’s bleeding head and put Mr. Trent in a cupboard. Ian confessed that he then cut part of the clean rug and replaced the one on which Mr. Trent had bled. Ian then showered and washed clothes at Mr. Trent’s residence. Ian confessed that after killing Mr. Trent, he stole Mr. Trent’s car and went to a WalMart in Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana. While there, Ian purchased several items with Mr. Trent’s debit card that Ian had stolen. Specifically, Ian remembers that he bought a large “tote”. Ian then returned to Mr. Trent’s mansion and placed Mr. Trent’s body in a coat he had just bought from WalMart in Muncie. Ian placed the container containing Mr. Trent’s body in Mr. Trent’s car and left the residence. Ian advised that he then met Tracy, and the two (2) of them drove to Tennessee in a private car. Ian told Coroners after arriving in Tennessee, he attempted to dispose of Mr. Trent’s body. Specifically, Ian confessed that he tried to burn Mr. Trent’s remains. When that proved unsuccessful, Ian dropped Mr. Trent’s remains from a steep overhanging ridge.
Court papers say Ian then took investigators to another location where he also claimed to have disposed of Trent’s body and that investigators were able to find a tote bag containing filled with bones that appeared to be human remains. After Trent’s bones were discovered, authorities said Ian turned himself in to police.
In this interview, Ian Shelden provided more information on the murder of Mr. Trent. Ian confessed in this final interview that at Mr. Trent’s home, 3612 W. 32nd Street, Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana, Mr. Trent was “flapping his arms around” and “dumpling” when Ian beat Mr. Trent for the third time, in the beginning, with the long heavy stake. Ian confessed that he saw the hole in Mr. Trent’s head and that Mr. Trent never said another word.
Fentress County Medical Examiner Dr. Lauren Havrilla and forensic anthropologist Dr. Murray Marks examined the bones found in the tote and identified them as Trent’s. They also determined that the man had died from a severe head injury while noting that some of the bones had been charred.
Ian is in Fentress County Jail after initially being accused of abusing a corpse. Indiana officials are currently in the process of extraditing him to the state where he will face charges of burglary, fraud, auto theft, obstruction of justice and two counts of murder. The murder charges are not separate because there is another victim; instead, they provide prosecutors with two separate ways to try to prove the alleged crime under Indiana law. The second count of murder is a “felony murder”, which is a murder that occurs in the course of committing or attempting to commit a particular felony. In the case of Ian Shelden, the separate count charged was armed robbery.
Prosecutors have not charged Tracy Shelden at this time.
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