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Calls prove Lomax's father called 911 first, not boyfriend

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Rachel Lomax. Source: Family photo Rachel Lomax. Source: Family photo
Racxon Cruze McDowell. Source: Vanderburgh County Jail Racxon Cruze McDowell. Source: Vanderburgh County Jail

The 911 recordings in the beating death of 24-year-old Rachel Lomax have been released, and the recordings show it was Lomax's father, not her accused killer, who dialed 911 first.

Raxcon Cruze McDowell, who also goes by Carlos, remains behind bars on Tuesday in the Vanderburgh County Jail.

During questioning, he told investigators, he punched Lomax several times and admitted he caused her death.

But when he called 911 that fateful morning he had a different story.

"Can you feel or hear any breathing?" asked the 911 operator. 

"Nothing. You need to come out here quick. She can't breathe," said 911 caller. 

Sunday morning after McDowell says he found Lomax not breathing, police say he called Rachel's father and he, not McDowell, was the first person to call 911.

"Yes, we need an ambulance," the 911 caller said. 

"We've got them on the way. Tell me exactly what's going on there," the operator said. 

"Well, I don't really know. Someone called me and told me a girl wasn't breathing. My daughter wasn't breathing," the caller said. 

In the police affidavit, McDowell tells investigators he found Lomax unresponsive about 9:50 a.m., but police say the first 911 call wasn't made until 10:22 a.m., more than a half-hour later.

When the call was made, McDowell doesn't mention to dispatchers that he had punched and beaten her earlier that morning, which investigators say, he has since admitted to.

"911? Yeah, hey. I woke up and my girl was in the restroom and she was just sitting there on the toilet not breathing. Can you send someone over here please?" asked the caller. 

"I've got to get the ambulance on the line, just stay on the line," said dispatch. 

"Please hurry up, man. Help, is on the way. Is she breathing right now? No, man. She's not breathing. 

On Tuesday, Rachel's mother, Patti Lomax tells 14 News that Rachel was "the baby of the family and she leaves behind a 4-year-old son."

She says Rachel was a joy to be around. Her ability to make people laugh and her smile will truly be missed.

Rachel's mother Patti says a memorial service will be held this coming Friday at the Center of Hope Church on southeast 3rd Street.

McDowell is due in court Thursday morning to be formally charged with murder.

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