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Update: Officials have no ID on discovered body

Monday, March 15, 2010

VIGO COUNTY -- An autopsy was conducted on a partially decomposed body found Sunday in northeastern Vigo County along Grotto Avenue.

The autopsy -- conducted by Vigo County Coroner Dr. Roland Kohr at Terre Haute Regional Hospital -- found the body to be a middle-aged white male with no obvious signs of foul play.

A positive identification could not be made due to the condition of the deceased. However, it has been reported officials are waiting on dental records to help identify the body. Dental records could be available Wednesday, officials stated.

Investigators are waiting on results of scientific analysis to determine the identity, a process officials said could take as little as a few days or possibly six weeks.

Toxicology results are also pending and could take four weeks to complete.

An official cause of death could not be determined as a result of the autopsy.

In a press release, Indiana State Police detectives said they are aware of the similarities between the discovered body and an active missing person's case in the immediate area. However, they are not speculating at this time of the identity of the body.

The investigation began Sunday afternoon after the body was discovered in a wooded area along Grotto Avenue, approximately 1.8 miles north of United States 40 on the Clay and Vigo county line.

The body was found clothed and was reported to the Vigo County Sheriff's Department at 1:41 p.m., Sunday.

Anyone with information they believe could be helpful in the case should contact ISP Det. Sam Stearley at 812-299-1151.

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Could this be the fellow who walked away from his family awhile back? I thought when I saw the story initially it seemed like suicide could become the issue later on. Such a shame if it is. Suicide is never an answer, just a quagmire to those left in it's wake. I pray if it is this man, that his family knows no matter how hard you tried , people ultimately are responsible for their own decisions in life and sometimes , they are not for the greater good.

-- Posted by karenmeister on Mon, Mar 15, 2010, at 11:17 PM


Although suicide seems like a selfish act, most people are mentally ill when the act takes place. Suicide does leave surviving family members in a state of dismay and many people feel that suicide is the ultimate selfish betrayal. Really, it's a much more complicated act that many do not understand.

You are right that people "are responsible for their own decisions in life and sometimes, they are not for the greater good," but when a person takes their own life, I believe that he or she is not in their right state of mind to make responisble decisions.

Mental illness is a misunderstood illness. If the gentleman did take his own life, it's very sad, but I pray that the family doesn't blame themselves, but realizes that he was most likely depressed and in need of some type of interventon to help him.

-- Posted by lissco on Tue, Mar 16, 2010, at 12:04 PM

Thanks for your comment Lissco, it was beautifully stated and I feel, a necessary statement to be made.

-- Posted by karenmeister on Tue, Mar 16, 2010, at 3:28 PM

I wonder if this could be that guy that walked into the woods in Seelyville a while back? Did they ever find this guy??

-- Posted by th1953 on Tue, Mar 16, 2010, at 4:00 PM

krystalanello, what was the name of that medical school you graduated from?

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Tue, Mar 16, 2010, at 7:45 PM

Thank you karenmeister. It's refreshing when people are open-minded and willing to look outside the box. I pray for this man's family and friends.

-- Posted by lissco on Wed, Mar 17, 2010, at 1:32 AM

krystalanello why do you bother? You are about as smart as a rock. First of all you declare yourself a friend of his wife and act like you know everything. There is a good possiblity that even the wife doesnt know "everything". Second, maybe we need to wait on your toxicology report to get back to see if you are brain dead or just stupid. Whatever the cause of this mans death, no one knows everything so stop acting like you do. My guess is the man went into the woods, (for whatever reason), got disoriented, got lost and turned around (possibly due to a state of intoxication) and eventually crawled in the underbrush to try and get warm and died from OD or exposure. Whatever the cause of death this was a human life and even with flaws a husband, father, son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend has died and that is a tragedy.

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Wed, Mar 17, 2010, at 5:00 PM

Wow you really are sure/full of yourself arent you? I do know Jenny and I didn't know Charles well, but had met him. As far as them notifying "us" unless your name is Chumley they didnt tell "you" crap. No where in my statement did I say he was a bad guy or a good guy, all I said was you are stupid. And if you are Jenny's friend then be a friend and keep your mouth closed. There has been too much speculation about this case already and you are not helping. A lot of people have criticized her for not speaking, but she is doing the smartest thing there is; she is keeping her mouth shut. She knows the truth. Maybe you should take her lead!

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Thu, Mar 18, 2010, at 5:28 PM

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