Police act on tip in effort to find meth fugitive

COLUMBIA CITY — Police from both Columbia City and the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department converged on a Columbia City home late Wednesday afternoon in hopes of nabbing a fugitive wanted on several drug charges.According to Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges, a call was received at 5:22 p.m. from residents at Camden Drive in Columbia City that someone matching the description of Travis Wonderly, 21, driving a brown car, was pulling into the garage at 730 Camden Dr.Wonderly has been charged, along with his 36-year-old girlfriend Janel Creech, with manufacturing methamphetamine and other drug-related charges in a case relating to the death of Creeech’s five-month-old daughter Taylor Jan. 3 in Columbia City.Hodges said this morning that police made entry to the home at 5:30 p.m. and within two minutes declared the residence empty.Wonderly has been at large since he and Creech were both charged Jan. 7 with manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class B Felony, maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D Felony and possession of paraphernalia, a Class A Misdemeanor.Police and emergency medical crews were called to the Creech/Wonderly residence on the morning of Jan. 3 where Taylor was rushed to Parkview Whitley Hospital and pronounced dead.No charges have been filed in the baby’s death, but as a result of the 911 call, police found evidence of a meth lab.The residence was condemned by Indiana State Police and the Whitley County Health Department.The death of Taylor Creech is still under investigation with a decision on whether or not to file charges in her death pending the results of toxicology tests from her autopsy, according to Whitley County Coroner Scott Smith who confirmed this morning toxicology reports had still not come back.Creech was in court Tuesday morning and requested a public defender. She was assigned Brad Voelze.Creech is being held at Whitley County Jail on $50,000 bond.