Arrest made in Regan case
IRON RIVER/WINGO, Ky. —The Iron River Police Department reported Monday that an arrest has been made in the 18-month old case of a missing Iron River man.
Kelly Marie Cochran, 33, of Merrillville, Ind., was taken into custody April 28 in Wingo, Ky., in connection with the case of Christopher Regan, who has been missing since October 2014 when he disappeared from his residence in Iron River.
According to the Kentucky State Police, Cochran is wanted for homicide, second degree home invasion, conspiracy to commit dead bodies (disinterment and mutilation), concealing the death of an individual, lying to a police officer and accessory after the fact to a felony. Authorities did not disclose whether Regan’s body has been found.
Iron River Police Chief Laura Frizzo reported that her department and detectives from the Hobart (Ind.) Police Department had worked closely in recent weeks on the case involving Cochran, who has resided in Hobart since March 2015.
On Thursday, April 28, the Hobart PD alerted the IRPD that Cochran had fled Indiana. According to the Kentucky State Police, the U.S. Marshal’s Service received information that Cochran was at a residence in Wingo, located in Graves County in far southwestern Kentucky.
With the assistance of the Kentucky State Police, U.S. marshals arrested Cochran without incident. She is currently lodged in the Graves County Jail, awaiting extradition to Iron County on charges issued by Prosecuting Attorney Melissa Powell.
Frizzo said that the multi-agency effort, which included several searches and interviews, led investigators to Cochran, who left Michigan immediately following a search of her residence in March 2015.
“After an 18-month investigation that has been very exhausting and tiring, many law enforcement agencies have worked together to finally bring justice in some way to the family of Chris Regan,” Frizzo said. “We are very, very pleased that all of our investigation and all of our leads, everything that we have worked on, have finally produced an arrest of a suspect that we have felt since Day 1 was involved in his disappearance.”
Frizzo said the IRPD has
| been “greatly assisted” by the following law agencies and individuals:
Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue and founder Michael Neiger of Marquette; Delta County Search and Rescue; M&M Diving of Menominee; Delta Force PI; Delta County Dive Team, Escanaba Public Safety Department, K9 One Search and Rescue of Flint; Michigan State Police Departments (Detective Bureau, K9 Division, Forensic Lab, Aviation Unit, Dive Team, Fire Investigations, Tech Support), Iron County Sheriff’s Department, Caspian-Gaastra Police Department, Michigan Conservation Department, U.S. Forestry Service, Iron River DPW, Caspian DPW, Florence County Sheriff’s Department, Wisconsin Department of Justice, Madison Police Department, Lake County Indiana Sheriff’s Department, FBI Detroit ERT & lab, FBI Marquette field office, FBI Merrillville, Ind., office, FBI Dive Team, FBI Canine Unit, Iron County Search and Rescue, Hobart (Ind.) Police Department, the U.S. Marshals, Kentucky State Police and several volunteers from West Side fire departments.
Regan was 53 years old at the time of his disappearance.