Michael Wilson arrested, charged for murdering his 72-year-old mother in southern Vigo County

The man at the center of a Vigo County homicide investigation has been arrested.

Posted: May 28, 2021 11:06 AM

VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - The man at the center of a Vigo County homicide investigation has been arrested.

According to the Vigo County Sheriff's Office, 40-year-old Michael Wilson was located on Thursday in Owen County.

He is facing charges of murder and auto theft.

This is in connection to 72-year-old Gayle Wilson's death. Police say Gayle Wilson was Michael Wilson's mother.

On Thursday morning, the Vigo County Sheriff's Office responded to a home near Carlisle Street and Curry Drive in Southern Vigo County.

Police told News 10 a family member found Gayle.

"Another family member called, they had found her, and obviously, it's not natural causes. It's a homicide. So we don't want to get into great detail on that right now, we are working the case, but obviously, it's not natural cause death," Vigo County Sheriff John Plasse said. "So what we do from there is we go to see who was here last, who maybe wanted to harm her and things like that, and that's what we are in the process of doing."

Wilson is currently in custody at the Vigo County Jail. However, when he was brought in for questioning, deputies said he refused to comment on the situation. Local officials want to remind community members that they can rest easy, knowing the suspect is in custody.

"There is no sense of gratitude, there is no happy feeling; obviously, a woman lost her life today," Plasse said, "We have the person we believe is responsible in custody. It's good that we have that and that he's not out there in case of something else would happen, and I think our community is safer because of that."

This is not the time Michael Wilson has been involved in an investigation with local police. In 2012, he set his family's home on fire where his father, Larry "Mike" Wilson, was found unconscious in the garage. He died at some point during the incident due to heart problems. This is the same home where the incident took place Thursday.

"It was fully engulfed in flames when we pulled up," Plasse said, "They were able to locate him, the son. He struggled with officers. He had gasoline on him and blood. They were able to get him into custody and bring him out."

We're still working to find specific details into his sentencing and how he came to be released several years ago.
Meanwhile, Plasse says he's grateful for the community's help in solving this investigation.

"We had numerous tips today, and because of those tips, we had him located in another county and apprehended without anyone else getting hurt," he said. "That is the whole goal that we protect the people in our community." 

This investigation is still ongoing, and we will bring you more information as it becomes available. 

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