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Officials investigating area death

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

CLAY COUNTY -- Criminal Investigation detectives from the Indiana State Police Putnamville Post and the Clay County Sheriff's Department are currently working a joint death investigation at the residence of 7851 N. State Road 59, Brazil.

The residence is located on the west side of SR 59, about one mile south of Brazil.

A preliminary investigation revealed at 11:46 p.m., Tuesday, the Clay County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call from an acquaintance of the deceased reporting the deceased had been despondent in recent days and all communications with the acquaintance had stopped.

Sheriff's deputies and Brazil City Police officers went to the residence and found a male victim deceased on the rear wooden deck of the home.

Clay County Coroner Joel Reinoehl pronounced the 33-year-old male victim dead at the scene after suffering a suspected gunshot wound.

An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday morning at Terre Haute Regional Hospital.

Foul play is not suspected currently, but a thorough investigation is underway, officials stated.

Additional assistance in the investigation was provided by Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton, Clay County Sheriff's Department deputies, ISP Crime Scene Investigators, ISP troopers and TransCare.

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Wow! Not many details. ...and the story has disappeared from other places. Strange.

-- Posted by ClayPrepper on Thu, Jul 19, 2012, at 1:16 AM

I think we will find that this was not a typical death, or taking you own life that is.

-- Posted by Eaglesnest 1 on Thu, Jul 19, 2012, at 3:19 PM

Rest in Peace Josh

-- Posted by MS660 on Thu, Jul 19, 2012, at 5:17 PM

There is a hurting family. Please refrain from speculation. God bless your family.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Thu, Jul 19, 2012, at 6:47 PM

I have had a suicide in my family, so I'm not intentionally hurting anyone, but it's the neighbor's right to know if anything is going on that they should know about. Never, and I mean never in my experience have I ever seen or heard of a "typical" suicide taking 12 hours to investigate. As I have stated previously in another comment area: I have worked dozens of suicide cases and have never seen one take this long. I drove past the scene at approximately 5:30 a.m. Wednesday and witnessed at least eight law enforcement vehicles there, lights flashing. (This was, according to the Brazil TIMES at least five hours after it was reported.) I drove back by the residence about 3 hours later and almost all the vehicles were still there, only this time I saw the county coroner standing in the driveway talking to a few officers. In any circumstances, if the death was not natural, the coroner should have been on the scene immediately to take charge of the investigation. Was he there all that time? I do not know. I carried on about my business until around noon, when my curiosity got to me. I drove past again and there was one single sheriff's car sitting in the driveway.

There appears to be more to this than is being released. If that's so, just say it! We'll wait. But to recognizably mislead the public is not good.

-- Posted by My Dime on Tue, Jul 24, 2012, at 1:29 PM

It is NOT the neighbor's "right" to know anything about an investigation such as this (no foul play). It's called respecting the privacy of the victim and his family. Try it sometime.

This is between this young man and his family, and is a complete and total tragedy, no matter HOW it happened.

When you're in charge on an investigation MYDIME, then you can make the rules about what's "right". Until then, MYOB.

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Aug 8, 2012, at 11:47 AM

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