A South Webster man has been charged with murder in the death of a Wheelersburg woman. Carl L. Hayden, 65, of 775 C Bloom Furnace Rd., South Webster, was scheduled to appear in Portsmouth Municipal Court Tuesday morning in the death of Amber Piguet, 25, of 209 Piguet Rd., Wheelersburg.
According to Captain John Murphy, the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at 7:04 p.m. on Monday, from a witness stating that she observed a male suspect across the street at a neighbor’s house with something in his hands trying to gain entry into the residence. The caller stated that she heard several gunshots before the male suspect jumped in to a burgundy van and drove away.
“We’ve got a female victim who was shot and killed,” Murphy said. “There were three small 34s (children) in the residence, seven and under when this happened.”
Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini was able to verify the circumstances when a second call came into the office from a small child stating that her Aunt had been shot and was dead at that same location. The child stated that she was in the house along with two other small children. It was later determined that the three were present inside the residence at the shooting.
Donini said deputies, detectives along with emergency medical services responded to this location where the female victim was found to be deceased.
“We called in BCI&I (Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification) to process the scene,” Murphy said. “We were able to identify a possible suspect through neighbors and family members of the deceased and that suspect was located and detained without incident at 9:52 (p.m.) in South Webster at the Country Store.”
Murphy said, after questioning, Hayden was arrested and charged with one count of murder, a felony of the first degree and is currently being held in the Scioto County jail on a $100,000 bond.
“More charges will be presented to the Scioto County grand jury on a later date,” Murphy said.
Donini said Piguet’s body has been sent to the Montgomery County Morgue for an autopsy.
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