Evansville woman accused of beating man into false confession

August 5, 2016

Southwestern Indiana police say a woman allegedly beat a man with a metal pipe into falsely confessing he was involved in the disappearance of a severely disabled woman.

Fifty-one-year-old Debra Wollner of Evansville was arrested Thursday on eight preliminary felony charges, including battery and criminal confinement. She's being held on $200,000 bond.

Online court records don't show that she has an attorney.

Police say Wollner and at least two other people apparently held the 41-year-old man captive for hours on July 21, four days after Aleah Beckerle was reported missing.

The Evansville Courier & Press reported Wollner allegedly beat the man until he made a false confession in that case.

Police say he wasn't involved in the disappearance of the 19-year-old, who uses a wheelchair and needs constant care and medication.



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