Woman arrested in Union Co. in connection to 2006 cold case, officials say

Woman arrested in Union Co. in connection to 2006 cold case, officials say
Published: May. 11, 2022 at 9:20 AM CDT|Updated: May. 11, 2022 at 11:48 AM CDT
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UNION CO., Ky. (WFIE) - A Christian County woman was arrested Wednesday morning in Sturgis in connection to a 2006 cold case.

Deputy Jason Thomas with the Union County Sheriff’s Office says their office was contacted by U.S. Marshals about a murder suspect in the area.

“Yesterday, the U.S. Marshal Service contacted the Union County Sheriff’s Office advising us there was a murder suspect in our area,” said Thomas. “Sergeant McCallister formed a small task force involving three of our deputies and then Sturgis K-9 Unit. This morning about 6:30 a.m. that subject was apprehended.”

Sergeant Eric McCallister was the leader of the task force that made the arrest.

They say 46-year-old Lashanda Bell was arrested at her house on Highway 109 on murder and robbery charges.

46-year-old Lashanda Bell of Christian County.
46-year-old Lashanda Bell of Christian County.(Source: Christian County Jail)

Officials tell 14 News that Bell was originally from Christian County, but has been living in Sturgis.

Deputy Thomas say Bell had an indictment warrant for her arrest that came down in April.

“This was an indictment warrant that just came down in the last month, whenever their last session was in Christian County,” said Thomas. “It is a cold case from 2006 so I guess they just got all their ducks in a row and finally got who they wanted.”

They say her arrest was in connection to a murder that happened in 2006.

Officials with the Christian County Sheriff’s Office say they responded to Greenville Road in Christian County in April of 2006 for a reported dead person.

Detectives say they found the body of 84-year-old Roscoe Mayes.

Authorities discovered that he died from blunt force trauma and his death was ruled a homicide.

Lashanda Bell was arrested Wednesday morning in Sturgis while leaving for work.

“Surveillance was set up on the house. Sergeant McCallister observed the subject come out of the house and at that point he acted swiftly and apprehended that subject before all the other units rolled in,” said Thomas.

55-year-old Regina Vause was arrested earlier this month in Christian County. Vause is also facing murder and robbery charges in the same case.

Regina Vause.
Regina Vause.(Christian County Sheriff's Office.)

Christian County Sheriff’s Office says that this investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected to be made.

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