Crime Stoppers volunteer took call that led to murder suspect’s arrest

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — When Diane Hodo came to work for Central Ohio Crime Stoppers Tuesday, she never knew what call would come in.

“It’s a rewarding job,” Hodo said. “It’s interesting.”

On Tuesday, the person on the other end had news of a quadruple murder suspect several states away.

“They told me he was in Mississippi,” she said. “I was surprised, I said, ‘I think this is the Hudson Avenue (suspect),’ so I took the tip,”

Working with Columbus Police and the U.S. Marshals Service, the anonymous tip was passed on.

Then Wednesday came, and the Crime Stoppers team saw that tip led to the arrest of Adams, in Mississippi.

Regina Dudley, coordinator for Central Ohio Crime Stoppers, said it “couldn’t have worked out any better.”

“Like the old A-Team show on TV, I love it when a plan comes together. Tuesday with a tip, Wednesday an arrest, couldn’t have worked out any better,”

Dudley says with Crime Stoppers, law enforcement and the public working together, they can do great things.

“Can’t help but have compassion for the families and although we can’t bring the loved ones back they can know that someone is out there with you,” Dudley said.

Crime Stoppers serves several local counties and can be reached by calling 614-461-8477 (tips). 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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