Monroe County police identify homicide victim with forensic genealogy
, 2022-10-19 04:22:38,
Richardson Road winds through a remote area of Indiana 45 blanketed in tall, thick trees near Lake Lemon. In early May 18 years ago, a turkey hunter walking through the wooded territory stumbled across a man’s partially decomposed body, later determined to have been there between eight to 15 months. Investigators called to the scene found sparse evidence that painted a harrowing picture.
The victim’s skull had two bullet holes, suggesting to investigators he was shot “execution style.” He also reportedly had well-healed boxer’s fractures in his right hand and rib fractures that were still healing months before his death.
Previous coverage:A body was found in 2004 in Monroe County. Police still don’t know who he was
It was a tough case from the onset for investigators in 2004. All they had was half a skeleton in an isolated ravine. There was no trace of who this man was nor who could have left him there.
Without any concrete leads, the investigation soon went cold. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office collected all of the related case files into a binder and placed it on a shelf. The county’s only unidentified homicide victim may have remained forever unnamed. Enter Detective Alexander Hahn.
Hahn has been investigating this unsolved homicide for some years now, with his quest beginning soon after he transferred into the Monroe County Sheriff Office’s investigative unit.
“The binder was sitting there and he took the initiative to take it off the shelf,” Sheriff Brad Swain…
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