(1-22-20) Hannah Knapke (18) of Fort Recovery has been arrested on one count of murder in connection with the recent shooting death of a Jay County, Indiana man, Shea Briar (31), who was shot to death on January 12th. Esther Stephen (29) and Shelby Hiestand, (18) both of Portland, Indiana were arrested earlier for the murder.
According to investigators, Knapke loaned the two women her vehicle hoping it would not be recognized if someone observed it during the crime. A probable cause affidavit indicates Knapke was with the other two suspects when the shooting occurred and that Knapke stood near Hiestand as she took the shot. Knapke was located in Marshalltown, Iowa, where she was interviewed by detectives.
Knapke was a multi-sports star at Ft. Recovery and was named Midwest Athletic Conference honorable mention in softball in 2019 playing for her head coach Easther Stephen last season.
This past fall she was a freshman member of the Marshalltown Community College volleyball program.
All three suspects are presently being held at the Jay County Security Center without bond.