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BREAKING: Identity of body found in Vigo Co. confirmed as Brazil man

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Charles Raymond Chumley Jr.
VIGO COUNTY -- A body discovered by a person walking in the wooded area in rural northeastern Vigo County at approximately 1:41 p.m., Sunday afternoon, has been identified as a Brazil man.

Officials confirmed Tuesday the remains of Charles Raymond Chumley Jr., 30, was found clothed and partially decomposed, in a wooded area adjacent to 11236 Grotto Ave., approximately 1.8 miles north of United States 40 on the Clay/Vigo county line.

Chumley was reported missing Tuesday, Dec. 10, by his wife Jennifer Chumley. His body was discovered approximately one mile from where he was initially reported missing.

On Dec. 8, around 11:45 p.m., Chumley told authorities her husband left her in a vehicle in the driveway of a family member's home located at 11300 East Davis Avenue in the Seelyville area and walked into a nearby wooded area. She said her husband told her that he would return in 15 minutes.

However, he never returned and officials confirmed he had not contacted any family members since.

Chumley was described as being 5-feet-11-inches and 185 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing brown coveralls and a blue jacket.

Authorities confirmed to The Brazil Times a helicopter search of the surrounding area was unsuccessful in locating any trace of Chumley.

On Monday, Clay County Coroner Dr. Roland Kohr performed the preliminary autopsy at Terre Haute Regional Hospital and dental records were sent to Indianapolis to help with the identification process.

Officials confirmed the identity of the remains were Chumley late Tuesday afternoon.

However, no cause of death has been determined in the case. Officials added the results of toxicology tests could take up to two weeks.

Anyone with information concerning the ongoing investigation into this case is urged to contact Indiana State Police Detective Sam Stearley at 812-299-1151.

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Sorry to hear this had such a sad ending. Thoughts are with the family.

-- Posted by brazilian on Tue, Mar 16, 2010, at 10:05 PM

I agree, very sad. Really makes ya think.

-- Posted by jen23 on Wed, Mar 17, 2010, at 1:14 AM

What are the chances a body would be found within a mile of where he was declared missing without any authorities finding it in their initial search?

My heart goes out to the wife and family of this man. My you find peace now.

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Mar 17, 2010, at 11:09 AM

I'm with you Emmes. I wondered the same thing myself. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

-- Posted by Meadow31 on Wed, Mar 17, 2010, at 11:23 AM

I am not sying there is more to this story at all,but I question why would this man leave his wife in the car and tell her he would be back in fifteen minutes and head off into the woods.

something to me is wrong with that scenario, but glad for his wife and family,his body was found.At least they can have some closure

-- Posted by T-REX on Wed, Mar 17, 2010, at 11:38 AM

"What are the chances a body would be found within a mile of where he was declared missing without any authorities finding it in their initial search?"

'Within a mile' is a huge area, for example, from Northview high school that would extend roughly north to Penial Church, West to the Staunton Road, South to Turner and East to Brazil. Lots of places to get lost in that large of space.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

-- Posted by Brad Hayes on Wed, Mar 17, 2010, at 4:30 PM

"What are the chances a body would be found within a mile of where he was declared missing without any authorities finding it in their initial search?"

At the time they were looking for a missing person, not a body. If they had been looking for a body, there was no reason to believe it would be within a mile of the place where the person went missing. If they had known there was a body within a one mile radius, they would have had to search over three square miles of area including woods, streams, ponds, and so on.

If the body had not been found by chance, authorities, even clairvoyant ones, would probably still be combing the area.

-- Posted by ebrann on Wed, Mar 17, 2010, at 5:45 PM

I have to agree with T-REX. Something, IMO, just doesn't sound right.

I'm very sorry for the family loss.

-- Posted by th1953 on Wed, Mar 17, 2010, at 6:33 PM

This is going to offend some, but I am curious. If my husband at my relatives, got out of my car and said he would return in 15 mins., I would be curious unless he often left for clandestine drug intake or even a hunting scout. Most likely if this was unusual behavior and I was in relatives driveway, I would ask said relatives to please be guardian of any minor children temporarily and accompany my beloved spouse.

This whole thing is a bit weird. His wife has been so silent in the media. Many missing people occur and attention is brought to these situations via the spouse and family of said missing person by taking the initiative to contact local media non-stop and even national media. You stop at NOTHING to find your loved one. I see no evidence of our local law enforcement to stifle such an effort.

It's just curious to me. These kind of cases are a media firestorm. Something just seems off here. I know I do not possess all the facts, but when it is this far straying from the "norm"....it's curious is all.

-- Posted by karenmeister on Thu, Mar 18, 2010, at 12:16 AM

While I would enjoy debating the "why's" and "why nots" of this investigation, I won't step further into a discussion over the search that took place.

This article is about a missing young man who was found. That is a blessing in and of itself. Everything else is speculation.

Peace be with you and your family, Mr. Chumley.

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Mar 18, 2010, at 12:01 PM

I went to high school with the Chumley,s @ knew them. What they need right now is prayers @ peace. This was their son @ for someone or anyone to spectulate that this had something to do with drugs is just cold hearted. Unless you were there what gives you the right to degrade him that way? This is the time the family needs peace so they can Grieve!! My heart @ Prayers goes out to the Parents @ the entire Chumley family. May God be with you @ your family !

-- Posted by French 1 on Thu, Mar 18, 2010, at 5:53 PM

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