Man arrested in connection to double homicide in Salem, Ind.

Man arrested in connection to double homicide in Salem, Ind.
Joe P. Hambel (Source: ISP)
Joe P. Hambel (Source: ISP)
Joe P. Hambel (Source: ISP)
Joe P. Hambel (Source: ISP)

SALEM, IN (WAVE) – A man has been arrested in connection to the double homicide that occurred very early Saturday morning in Salem, Ind.

Joe P. Hambel, 29, was arrested at approximately 5:50 p.m. Saturday afternoon by detectives from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg. Hambel, who lives in the 1000 block of Aspen Drive of Salem, was charged with two counts of murder for the deaths of Valerie E. Dicus, 37, and Joseph R. Hobson, 36, according to an ISP release.

Dicus and Hobson were found unresponsive in the 300 block of Small St. a little before 1 a.m. Saturday. Someone from inside the home called 911 around 12:45 a.m. Dicus and Hobson were taken to St. Vincent Hospital, where they were later pronounced dead. Dicus died of a single gunshot wound while Hobson died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the autopsies that were completed Saturday at the Kentucky Medical Examiner's Officer in Louisville.

One neighbor, Kayla Hildreth, told WAVE 3 News on Saturday that Dicus was well-known in the area.

"She just got out of prison maybe a month ago, and she had already started drama with everybody around the neighborhood," Hildreth said.

A quick search in the Indiana court system revealed both Dicus and Hobson have had run-ins with police in the past.

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Hildreth also mentioned she was friends with Dicus' father, who lives in the house with Dicus and two other sons.

"He was really good, really cares for his kids," Hildreth said. "He just lost his wife a year ago and he just had it really rough. Everybody knows everybody (here), you know."

For a town that shares that kind of familiarity, Hildreth says something like this is truly uncommon.

"It is kind of scary, you don't feel safe," she said. "You look outside and you have caution tape everywhere; people getting shot and you don't even know about it."

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