The Herald Bulletin

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November 16, 2013

Coroner: Homicide victim beaten to death

ANDERSON — An autopsy by the Madison County Coroner has determined that Scott C. Phillips was beaten to death in his home Thursday night.

Coroner Marian Dunnichay said the autopsy, performed Saturday afternoon, found Phillips died of blunt force trauma to the head and face. She said no gunshot wounds were found on the body.

Anderson police were called to Phillips' home on Main Street Thursday afternoon after a family member asked for a welfare check. Phillips had missed a scheduled appointment earlier that day.

Upon entering, police found Phillips dead on the floor. His wounds were so extensive that a positive identification was not made until the coroner matched his fingerprint records Saturday afternoon.

APD spokesman Joel Sandefur said the crime scene was "pretty traumatic."

"The extent of his injuries made it tough for facial recognition," Sandefur said.

Police released Phillips' name in a statement on Friday after Sandefur said they were confident Phillips was the one in the house.

Phillips, 57, lived by himself in the home. He was a former city employee of Anderson, working for the water pollution control department from 1995 to 2005.

Sandefur said it is still too early in the investigation to determine what might have led to the beating. Investigators are still tracking down leads and searching for persons of interest.

Anyone with information is advised to call Anderson Crime Stoppers at 649-8310.

Follow Zach Osowski on Twitter @Osowski_THB or call 640-4847.

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