Patrick Scott, 59, who lived next door to Tindall, was arrested on suspicion of murder.
Authorities had long considered Scott a person of interest in the case, and on Tuesday, they conducted a search of his property in Arlington, a town located about 32 kilometers southeast of Indianapolis. Rush County Sheriff Allan Rice addressed the media during a press conference on Wednesday, stating, "Over the course of time, with all the material, all the evidence that we have gathered in the process since June, led us to the suspect."
He added, "This is not the outcome we had all hoped for, but I want to stress to the public that this case is far from over. Justice will be sought."
Scott had previously been charged with falsifying information to the police in connection to the case. He was a family friend, and Tindall's mother, Shena Sandefur, revealed that her daughter had spent time with Scott and his family.
Sandefur told WRTV, "Her and him had a bond, like they were friends. She worked for him, but she also hung out with his family, like his granddaughter was her friend and we went places with them." Sandefur expressed her devastation, saying, "My daughter didn't deserve this, and we just want answers as to why. There is going to be a hole there forever. There's a hole that is never going to be filled. My happy family is gone."
Sandefur could not understand why Scott would want to harm her daughter, but she did mention that prior to Tindall's disappearance, Scott had added her to his family's phone tracking system. The investigation into the case continues as authorities seek to uncover the motive behind this tragic incident.