Mayor Testruth confirmed at the 21May12 Council meeting that he was indeed notified that Lori Barcroft was sleeping on a picnic table Friday night 18MAY12 - the evening before tragedy struck the Iseminger family and Southport community. Barcroft was later arrested the next morning, 19MAY12 on suspicion of murder. Testruth did not reveal if he alerted suspended SoPD Chief Randy Ellison. A review of the MAY 2012 SoPD Patrol Schedule revealed that no SoPD officers were assigned to patrol the City during the time of the call. In past years, Southport’s Chief of Police covered any open shifts and would have responded to incoming calls from City residents or officials.
Southport resident, Jim Prosch phoned Testruth Friday night, 18MAY12 to report a woman sleeping on a picnic table at the vacant Putt-Putt property near the Southport Rd. Dairy Queen restaurant. Only later did Prosch make the connection that it was the same woman accused of shooting Bethel Memorial Pastor and Southport resident, Jaman Iseminger. Barcroft was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and carried a backpack, according to Indianpolis Star reporter, Carrie Ritchie. The weapon, a .22 caliber semi-automatic was later retrieved from Barcroft after an IMPD canine search found her a short distance from the church near McLaughlin and Pine streets. No idea yet how Barcroft acquired the handgun.