The Herald Bulletin

March 23, 2013

Coroner: Man died from gunshot to head

Identity of victim found off Anderson-Frankton Road still unknown

By Stuart Hirsch
The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — Autopsy results show that a man found off Anderson-Frankton Road on Thursday night died from a single gunshot wound to the head, Madison County Coroner Marian Dunnichay said.

The autopsy was performed at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie on Friday.

Authorities still have not been able to determine the man’s identity, so he’s officially listed as a “John Doe” and his death is being investigated as a homicide.

Dunnichay said investigators hope fingerprints and other identifying marks will lead to a positive identification. For now, he’s simply being described as a black male, between the ages of 25 to 35.

The body was found hidden among some debris off Anderson-Frankton Road in a rural area of the city’s northwest side.

Dunnichay estimated the body had been there for three to five days. It was difficult to determine an exact time of death because of the cold weather.

Police arrived at the scene about 7:30 p.m. Thursday evening and cordoned off the area around where the body was discovered.

A young girl apparently saw the body on Wednesday and told her father about it, Anderson Police said. When she reminded him about it again on Thursday afternoon, he went out to see for himself. When he found the body, he called police.

“We’re stuck in the dark until we know his identity,” said Anderson police spokesman Lt. Paul Boulware.

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