REELSVILLE -- Recent autopsy reports released by the Putnam County Chief Deputy Coroner Dave Brown revealed the deaths of Kevin Boatright, 40, and his 14-year-old son, Jeremy Boatright, to be that of suicide and homicide, respectively.
The autopsies were performed Thursday at Terre Haute Regional Hospital.
The official cause of death for Jeremy was a single gunshot wound to the head, the manner of death recorded as homicide. The official cause of death for Kevin was a single gunshot wound to the head, the manner of death listed as suicide.
Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division at the Indiana State Police Putnamville Post had been investigating Boatright since Tuesday, Aug. 28, when state police spoke with Boatright in person at his home about an allegation he had contributed to the delinquency of two female juveniles under the age of 18. Based on the initial investigation, there was insufficient information to result in an immediate arrest and the investigation was continuing.
Putnam County 911 dispatchers received a call from a family member at 1:35 p.m., Wednesday. The family member went to the Boatright residence at 6503 W. County Road 450 S., Reelsville, for a visit and found the bodies in the northwest bedroom of the home. Putnam County Sheriff's deputies were first to arrive and then requested assistance from the Putnamville Post after receiving information that state police detectives initiated a criminal investigation involving Kevin Boatright as a person of interest.
Toxicology tests for both father and son are pending, and the police investigation into the deaths will remain active until the toxicology results are reviewed in approximately eight weeks.
The investigation concerning the delinquency of the two female juveniles under the age of 18 will not be concluded until forensic examination of electronic evidence pulled from the Boatright home is completed and the possibility of other suspects is ruled out.
Questions concerning the autopsies can be directed to the Putnam County Coroner's office at 765-653-5116.