Grand Jury indicts four Westfall family members

The Crime Family

by Emily Walrep

According to Tyler County Chief Deputy Phil Ryan, a grand jury has indicted Kristen Westfall, Cameron Westfall, Letha Westfall and Paul Westfall for engaging in organized criminal activities, which holds the possibility of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Sheriff's Deputies, Texas DPS, Woodville Police and other local and statewide agencies went to the Westfall's home in Colmesneil at approximately 2:30p.m. and attempted to make an arrest but according to Ryan, it appears the Westfall's are either trying to evade the police or had "left their home in a hurry."

"We have been attempting to locate the Westfall's and place them under arrest with warrants but we have been unable to locate them," said Investigator Bud Sturrock. "We aren't saying they fled the scene, but there was evidence at the home that indicated that someone had left in a hurry."

Evidence included a warm four wheeler engine in the yard and a pile of leaves that had began to burn.

Sturrock said that friends and families of the Westfall's are being located and both local and statewide agencies are assisting in the search.

Law Enforcement agencies involved in the case are asking for the publics help in locating the vehicle that the Westfall's are believed to be in. They are suspected to all be traveling in a Gold/Champagne color 2006 KIA Sportage with the license plate number BCL-3780.

"If anybody sees this vehicle anywhere contact local law enforcement or this agency and we will get somebody on that as soon as we can," Ryan said. "At this time it does look like they are trying to elude capture, but we are just speculating because they have done things to avoid detection. We need everybody to be on the lookout for that vehicle."

The Westfall's are not believed to be armed and dangerous.

"We are open 24/7," Sturrock said. "We won't quit looking for them."