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Four arrested in connection with death of former Dysart resident

June 21, 2012
Ross Bercik - Managing Editor , Dysart Reporter

Four people from Davenport were arrested last Thursday in connection with the death of a Rock Island man.

The body of Alan K. Porter, formerly of Dysart, was found Monday afternoon on the beach next to the Rock Island bike path between the Centennial and Crescent bridges. A passing bicyclist discovered the body and reported it to police at 3:09 p.m. on Monday, June 11, according to a statement released by Police Deputy Chief Jeff VenHuizen.

The preilminary cause of death is listed as "traumatic injuries of a serious nature," according to Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson.

Article Photos

Four people in Davenport have been arrested in connection with the death of Alan Porter, formerly of Dysart. Porter’s body was found last week along a bike path in Rock Island, Illinois. Here, the four suspects as they appeared for their mug shots last week are (L to R): Melinda K. Burkhardt, Jessie R. Martin, Ryan B. Mosher and Patrick K. Watts. Mosher has been charged with homicide, with the other three facing one count each of concealing a homicidal death. The Dysart Reporter will have updates on the case as they are made available by the Rock Island authorities. Mr. Porter’s obituary can be found on page 4 of this week’s issue.

Ryan B. Mosher, 20, was arrested for homicide. Jessie R. Martin, 23, Patrick K. Watts, 26, and Melinda N. Burkhardt, 28, were all arrested on one count each of concealing a homicidal death. As of this week, the four were still being held without bond at the RIC Jail.

Porter, who was 51, still has family in Dysart. His son, Jonathan, graduated from Union High School this spring.



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