Man arrested, preliminarily charged with Elwood woman’s murder

(Provided Photo/Madison County Jail)

ELWOOD, Ind. (WISH) – Police have made an arrest in connection to the death of a 66-year-old Elwood woman.

Linda Speer was found dead in her home in the 1800 block of North C Street around 11 p.m. Tuesday. Authorities said her daughter hadn’t heard from her and went to check on her.

Speer’s cause of death was determined to be multiple blunt for trauma injuries to her head and multiple sharp force trauma injuries to the chest.

(WISH Photo)
(WISH Photo)

Through evidence and community tips, investigators found persons of interest involved in the homicide. On Friday, police arrested George Knotts, 68. Knotts was preliminary charged with murder, strangulation, criminal confinement and aggravated battery.

He is in the Madison County Detention Center pending formal charges. Final charges will be determined by the Madison County Prosecutor’s Office in the next few days, police said.

Speer’s friends told 24-Hour News 8 she leaves behind two daughters, several grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

“I want to publicly commend Detective Nick Oldham and his team on their outstanding work. We have taken great pride in having a world class police department here in Elwood and this investigation proves the quality of our officers and the leadership we have in the Elwood Police Department. The citizens of Elwood can rest easy knowing that Chief Caldwell and his department will continue to keep our community safe and secure,” said Mayor Ron Arnold.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Linda’s family. It is my hope that this arrest will help the family begin to bring closure to their horrific loss,”
Arnold said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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