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Searching for evidence

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Indiana State Trooper Dave Miller wades through the Craig Park Pond with a metal detector Tuesday. Miller was one of 15 state troopers diving at the pond in Craig Park Tuesday looking for potential evidence crucial to a pending investigation in Clay County. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
Divers with the Indiana State Police scoured the depths of the pond in Craig Park Tuesday looking for potential evidence crucial to a Clay County investigation.

Officials with ISP would not confirm which investigation Tuesday's search pertained to.

"We're just looking for evidence that may or may not be there," ISP Public Information Officer Joe Watts told The Brazil Times. "We're looking at the pond as a potential site where evidence may be."

While Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger confirmed Tuesday's event, he said it could not be "attached to any investigation at this time."

Divers from several ISP Districts -- including Sellersburg, Connersville, Evansville, Pendleton, Putnamville, Indianapolis, Terre Haute, Jasper and Bloomington -- took part in Tuesday's search.

"We brought in divers from the southwestern part of Indiana," ISP Sgt. Chris Wright said. "We're going to hit the obvious areas and start with the west side, approximately 75 feet out into the water.

"We've got 15 divers and some support personnel helping with equipment," Wright continued. "We do that often, especially with a large body of water."

Several of the divers hit the water at close to 10 a.m. Tuesday.

"We've got several scuba divers here because it's such a large body of water," ISP Det. Sam Stearley said. "We're looking for potential evidence on a crime that was committed and it may be here in the pond."

ISP officials also had metal detectors with them Tuesday, using them on the edge of the pond.

ISP Sr. Trooper Matt Ames was one of the divers involved Tuesday. He said it was difficult to see while underwater.

"It's very silty," Ames said. "When you move the silt, the visibility goes down to zero. When you hit the bottom, you're using touch."

Watts said the search continued throughout the day.

"We're searching what is accessible," Watts said. "We're concentrating on areas that are easily accessible, by foot or vehicle. Do we think something may be there? We have no concrete evidence."

After diving in the area for five hours, Watts said no evidence was located in connection with the undisclosed reason for the dive or any evidence that could be connected to any case currently being worked by the ISP.

However, some items discovered by the dive team included a vehicle that can't be removed from the water at this time due to rust damage, a bicycle, stroller and an empty cash box that appears to have come from a car wash facility.

Watts said the cash box was turned over to the Brazil City Police Department to determine if it belongs with any of their investigations.

Brazil Times reporter Ivy Jackson contributed to this report.

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