The Herald Bulletin

December 2, 2013

Police: Jordan Bragg's body found in Middletown

By Jack Molitor
The Herald Bulletin


Police and family members have confirmed that the body of Jordan Bragg, a man who went missing this summer, has been found.

Indiana State Police Detective Scott Jarvis said Bragg's body was found hanging from a tree in a wooded area about a quarter mile south of the home on Corporation Line Road in Middletown where Bragg was living before he went missing on Aug. 11. Family spokeswoman Trinna Davis-Simmons said the body was found Sunday between 10 and 11 p.m. by a hunter.

Jarvis said he received the results of an autopsy on Monday afternoon. The results indicate Bragg had likely been there since the time he went missing. He also said there were no other signs of injuries or wounds on the body, and there was no evidence of foul play.

The 21-year-old Bragg was last seen at his parents' house in Anderson on Aug. 11 after an argument with his girlfriend. He headed back that afternoon, telling his mother he was going to play basketball. Bragg's mother, Kelly, visited his home later and found her son’s car, but Jordan was gone. His keys, ID and phone were sitting on the table in his house, which had been ransacked.

Middletown police conducted a search with multiple officers and a bloodhound in August. After an unsuccessful search, the department announced it had exhausted all of its resources. The Braggs organized a search of their own in and around Middletown’s Dietrich Park in August, but the search proved unsuccessful.

Davis-Simmons said the Braggs wanted to thank everyone who helped in the efforts to search for Jordan over the months.

"We appreciate all the thoughts and prayers. All the candles that were lit during the vigils. It means a lot to the family right now," Davis-Simmons said.

Davis-Simmons also said Terry and Kelly Bragg, Jordan's parents, have declined to comment further for now.

The family organized a candlelight vigil in honor of Bragg in October. About 50 friends and family went to Shadyside Park in Anderson and watched a slideshow commemorating Bragg's life. Bragg's parents have also started to raise funds for the well-being of Jordan's son, Keighton. Jordan worked at a factory in New Castle and was the only provider for his son and his girlfriend.

The family also created a Facebook page named "Bring Jordan Bragg Home." On Monday, the page's comment section was littered with well-wishes and condolences directed toward the family. 

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