MONDAY MAY 18 – Harrison County Detective, William Jones stated that he was satisfied with the evidence they obtained from a raid conducted at a Bowerston home Saturday evening in regards to the murder suspect, Wesley Cark who was captured early Friday afternoon.
Clark, suspected of murdering Dustin Moreland last week is now being held by Tuscarawas authorities on an unrelated charge. Jones said that they are in the process of building a case for the grand jury when he will be brought back to Harrison County on the apparent murder charges.
Neither Harrison County Sheriff, Joe Myers or Jones would say whether a murder weapon had been found or whether Clark had any accomplices.
FRIDAY, MAY 15 – The Carroll County Sheriff’s office has confirmed that Wesley Clark, suspected of murdering Dustin Moreland earlier in the week has been caught and is in custody in the Carroll County jail.
The sheriff’s office said there was no problems in the arrest where sources said he had been hiding in the woods and was apprehended on Clay Road outside of Dellroy.
Carroll County Sheriff, Dale Williams stated that they had found some of his family members who told them he was in house in Malvern. The Canton Swat team called was called but he evaded capture before they could get to him. A two-day search ensued then a woman called on authorities Thursday after Clark asked to use her cell phone.
After investigating, authorities knew he was calling relatives for help. Clark then broke into a vacant house in the vicinity but again he evaded capture. At approximately 12:15 p.m. Friday, after searching a wooded and secluded area, a red coat was found, which led them to Clark who was laying flat on the ground a short distance away. Williams said that Clark gave up with no resistance.
“I was very surprised,” Williams said. “I thought this is one guy we’re going to probably have a problem with…somebody is going to get shot…but it worked out very well.” Also, information published in the News-Herald print edition due out May 16, may not be accurate regarding a revenge-type of killing. A relative of Moreland’s stated that Moreland may have testified in some past trial against Clark and that Clark killed him out of revenge but Williams stated that he didn’t believe that was true.
Williams stated that he was not surprised that Clark was still in the area for they knew he was using phones in an attempt to get a relative to pick him up…”they didn’t have time to pick him up by the time we got down there.” He added that cruisers were all along the area’s roads forcing him to hunker down and basically boxing him in.
Clark will next be transported to Tuscarawas County officials where warrants for his arrest await him then he’ll be transferred to Harrison County, according to Williams.
Williams thanked the Harrison County authorities, the Canton Swat team, for which Williams has two members from his department on that team. He also thanked Tuscarawas County authorities and the State Highway Patrol as well.
“It’s a great coalition between all the departments,” Williams said. “It worked out very well with everyone together and I’m just so pleased that we got him before somebody else got hurt, or somebody else got killed…and I’m just so glad that we got him.”
On Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a possible missing homicide person location to be in Harrison County. The Harrison County Sheriff was notified by a Tuscarawas County Sheriff Detective that a person that is missing from Tuscarawas County, Uhrichsville area was supposed to be in a wooded area on Taylor Road, Uhrichsville Ohio which is located in Harrison County. Harrison County Sheriff Joe Myers along with deputies did in fact locate a male person ID’d as one Dustin Moreland age 26, of Uhrichsville, Ohio. The Harrison County Corner was on scene and the body was transported to Stark Co. Corner office for an autopsy. Sheriff Myers stated that the investigation is still on going, and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office and the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office detective bureau, and both agencies are treating the death as a homicide.
Sheriff Myers advised that the person being sought by authorities is Wesley Brittian Clark age 52 of LKA 118 Jay St., Uhrichville, Ohio. Mr. Clark was known to be in the Malvern area in Carroll County, and several searches of location in that area resulted in no contact with the suspect.
Harrison County Sheriff is advising everyone that suspect is 6 foot tall, 280, hair is grey or has been recently been dyed black, and hazel eyes. The Sheriff’s Office through the course of the investigation believes that Mr. Clark has been getting a lot of help to avoid arrest suspect is considered armed and dangerous (Please Don’t Approach), call 911 or local law enforcement.