Endangered #Missing: Michelle Lynn Inch, 31 - Lycoming County, Pennsylvania

[Endangered Missing: Michelle Lynn Inch, 31 - Lycoming County, Pennsylvania (may be victim of foul play)]

A missing Lycoming County woman is feared to have been the victim of foul play, state police say.

Their suspicion is based on blood found on the outside of Michelle Lynn Inch's abandoned car, found about 8 a.m. Thursday in a rural area outside Canton in Bradford County, investigators said Saturday.

She was last seen about 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Canton area with her boyfriend, Michael James Houseweart, who police said she drove home since she was not working that day.

Since her disappearance, every place Houseweart and she were known to have gone has been searched, Cpl. Joseph Akers, a state police crime supervisor at Montoursville said.

People were out all Friday night, he said. Divers checked Rose Valley Lake in northern Lycoming County Friday afternoon.

The cell phone belonging to the 31-year-old woman, described as 5-feet-2-inches tall and weighing 160 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes, went dead Tuesday and there has been no activity on her credit or bank cards, police said.

Earlier Tuesday, she went with her parents, Gary and Linda Inch, to the state police barracks in Montoursville to report fraudulent activity in their checking accounts.

A search warrant affidavit states that a check stolen from the couple had been deposited in the account of their daughter last Saturday and several ATM withdrawals were attempted Monday in Canton.

According to the affidavit, a stolen check belonging to Michelle Inch made out to Houseweart was cashed at a bank in Canton with $50 deposited and $150 taken in cash.

A third check stolen from Gary Inch also was made out to Houseweart, with $100 of it being deposited and $200 taken in cash, the document states.

About 3 a.m. Wednesday, two armed men wearing ski masks broke into the Sechler Driver home of Gary and Linda Inch east of Montoursville.

They bound the couple with duct tape, stole items from the house and then set it on fire.

Houseweart and Brian Matthew Vroman have been charged with the home invasion and are in the Lycoming County Prison without bail on 43 counts each that include attempted homicide, aggravated assault, robbery and arson.

An in-law told state police Houseweart seemed depressed Tuesday, was upset about Facebook messages between his girlfriend and an ex-boyfriend and commented he felt like burning down someone's house, a search warrant affidavit states.

A different police affidavit states Houseweart admitted that Vroman and he broke into the home. Houseweart had lived there with Michelle Inch for about a month, police said.

Gary Inch remains at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, where he is being treated for smoke inhalation from the fire. He was rescued by firefighters.

His wife, who was able to break free of the duct tape and go to a neighbor's for help, was treated at Williamsport Regional Medical Center and released.

If seen or have info, call 911. 


Amy Kinney
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