Man Charged With Murder In IU Student's Death

An Ellettsville man has been charged with murder following a grand jury investigation of the 2000 disappearance and death of Indiana University student Jill Behrman.

A six-member grand jury convened in March returned an indictment against John R. Myers II, 30, in the death of Behrman, 19, who vanished on May 31, 2000. Hunters discovered her skeletal remains in March 2003, about 15 miles north of Bloomington in Morgan County.

The grand jury also indicted Alisha Evans, 26, of Bloomington, on two counts of perjury, accusing her of not giving truthful information about her relationship with some people in the investigation. She is related to Myers through marriage and was in custody, authorities said.

Evans, also known as Alisha Sowders, was named in connection with the investigation a few years ago. She has denied involvement, 6News' Ben Morriston reported.

Myers was arrested Sunday night at his home and was being held in the Morgan County Jail.

Myers will be arraigned in Martinsville on Tuesday.

Police did not reveal what they believed to be the motive in the killing or the cause of Behrman's death.

Over the past six years, police have tracked leads, including a theory that a motorist struck Behrman.

"The cause of death has been sealed by the court, and that cannot be released by anyone until the court unseals that," Indiana State Police 1st Sgt. Dave Bursten said.

Rick Lang, a detective with the Indiana State Police, said officials are still looking for an anonymous caller who reported seeing a red car.

"In December of '04, some witnesses came forward with information I can't regard as being new. The information had been reported in the earlier investigation. However, I took the information that the witnesses provided and investigated further," Lang said. "As the investigation progressed, Mr. Myers became increasingly suspect to me."

Jill Behrman

"We just look at this as a big step in the right direction," said Marilyn Behrman, Jill's mother.

The Morgan County grand jury interviewed more than 90 witnesses over four weeks, Morriston reported.

Authorities still hope to identify witnesses who may have seen Behrman the day she disappeared.

Myers is a self-employed handyman whose late father was a jail commander in Monroe County, Morriston reported.

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