Person-of-interest in Clark County homicide investigation arrested on unrelated charges

Miami Valley News

CLARK COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) — The Clark County Sheriff’s Office said that the person-of-interest in a Bethel Township homicide case has been arrested on unrelated charges by police in Henry County, Indiana.

Clark County Regional Dispatch received a call Tuesday morning from a person who claimed to have been on the phone with a woman when she screamed and the phone cut out. Though the caller was unable to verify the victim’s address, dispatchers were able to find it and sent deputies on a welfare check.

When deputies arrived they found 44-year-old Jackie Hall Coles dead inside the Weinland Drive home. The sheriff’s office is now working with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation to investigate her death further.

Deputies identified her husband, Noel Coles Jr., as a person-of-interest and were asking the public for help locating him. Since then, he has been picked up by police in Henry County, Indiana on unrelated charges.

According to the sheriff’s office, Noel has been speaking with deputies and is currently being held at an Indiana jail.

Noel Coles Jr. has been identified by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office as a person-of-interest.

According to documents obtained from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Jackie filed an five year protection order against her husband on Aug. 5, 2021. The order included herself, her son and daughter, as well as child she had guardianship over.

In the order, Jackie wrote that her husband had threatened to kill her multiple times in just a few weeks. She wrote that things escalated the evening of Aug. 4 when he told her he would kill her in the future.

The investigation prompted Tecumseh Local School District to put its main campus under a shelter in place order. The sheriff’s office confirmed that the order and the investigation are connected, but would not say how.

Law enforcement is warning the public that Noel should be considered armed and dangerous. If anyone has information, they’re asked to call the Clark County Sheriff’s Office at 937-328-2560.

This is a developing story and will update it when new information is made available.

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