Sheriff investigating double homicide


GREENVILLE — According to Darke County Sheriff Mark Whittaker, the Darke County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a double homicide at a residence in the 4200 block of Weavers-Fort Jefferson Road in Neave Township, south of Greenville.

On April 14, 2023 at approximately 4:56 a.m., two adult female witnesses came into the Darke County Sheriff’s Office to report a possible homicide. Darke County Deputies responded to an address on Weavers-Fort Jefferson Road to investigate and discovered the bodies of one adult male and one adult female. On April 17, Darke County Coroner Dr. Timothy Kathman released the identity of both victims. Michelle V. Phipps, 63, of 4289 Weavers- Fort Jefferson Road, Greenville, and James T. Donnelly, 57, of the same address. Both victims were stabbed to death.

Darke County deputies responded to the home on April 13, 2023 at approximately 6:30 p.m. on a 911 hang-up call from the residence. Upon arrival, Adam Uchyn met deputies in the driveway. Uchyn is a resident of this address and claims to have made the call. He filed a report alleging a theft and assault had occurred and the perpetrator had left the scene. This report was a ruse he created to prevent the deputies from discovering the murder that had likely just occurred.

Investigators now believe the 911 caller is victim, Michele Phipps. The call abruptly ended with only the address provided by the caller. 911 Dispatchers attempted to call the number back but there was no answer. The deputies were advised that they were responding to a 911 hang-up. The deputies did not know the gender of the 911 caller. The deputies took the complaint from Adam Uchyn at face value since they had no further information and was unaware of what had actually happened inside the house. Uchyn remained outside during the interaction, which lasted approximately 40 minutes.

After an intense search, at approximately 9:15 p.m., Friday, April 14, the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received notification the Chicago Police Department has taken Adam Uchyn into custody on a felony probation warrant out of Darke County. This warrant is unrelated to the homicide. Uchyn was listed as a person of interest in the case shortly after the discovery of the two bodies.

The Darke County Sheriff’s Office wishes to thank the Chicago Police Department and Elmhurst, Ill. Police Department who assisted them throughout the afternoon in locating Uchyn.

Uchyn, as of the time of this press release, is being held in a jail in Chicago, IL awaiting extradition on a felony probation violation warrant. This case remains under investigation and is being reviewed by Darke County Prosecutor R. Kelly Ormsby, III pending appropriate charges on this homicide case.

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