Homicide

Court documents say police found blood, cellphone linking suspect to slain Indiana student

  • Students mourn the loss of Hannah Wilson Saturday, April 25, 2015 in Dunn Meadow in Bloomington, Ind.  Daniel E. Messel, 49, of Bloomington, was arrested Friday in the death of 22-year-old IU senior Hannah N. Wilson, said State Police Sgt. Curt Durnil. A coroner said Saturday that Wilson was beaten to death.(Haley Ward/The Herald-Times via AP)

    Students mourn the loss of Hannah Wilson Saturday, April 25, 2015 in Dunn Meadow in Bloomington, Ind. Daniel E. Messel, 49, of Bloomington, was arrested Friday in the death of 22-year-old IU senior Hannah N. Wilson, said State Police Sgt. Curt Durnil. A coroner said Saturday that Wilson was beaten to death.(Haley Ward/The Herald-Times via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Students mourn the loss of Hannah Wilson during a vigil Saturday, April 25, 2015  in Bloomington, Ind. Daniel E. Messel, 49, of Bloomington, was arrested Friday in the death of 22-year-old IU senior Hannah N. Wilson, said State Police Sgt. Curt Durnil. A coroner said Saturday that Wilson was beaten to death.(Haley Ward/The Herald-Times via AP)

    Students mourn the loss of Hannah Wilson during a vigil Saturday, April 25, 2015 in Bloomington, Ind. Daniel E. Messel, 49, of Bloomington, was arrested Friday in the death of 22-year-old IU senior Hannah N. Wilson, said State Police Sgt. Curt Durnil. A coroner said Saturday that Wilson was beaten to death.(Haley Ward/The Herald-Times via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Court documents released after a man was charged in the slaying of an Indiana University student say investigators found blood in the suspect's vehicle and discovered his cellphone next to the woman's body.

A probable cause affidavit released Monday says IU senior Hannah Wilson was last seen around 1 a.m. getting into a taxi alone outside a bar in Bloomington, Indiana, after friends determined she was too intoxicated to stay out.

The 22-year-old Wilson's body was found later that morning in Brown County, about 10 miles from the IU campus. The coroner says she had been struck four times in her head, crushing her skull.

Forty-nine-year-old Daniel E. Messel of Bloomington has been arrested and faces a preliminary charge of murder. A court appearance was scheduled Monday afternoon.