Three-day police search near Muncie comes to an end, authorities remain tight-lipped

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Muncie police search now complete

DELAWARE COUNTY, Ind. (November 7, 2015) – The third day of a massive police search on a farm in rural Delaware County is complete, and authorities say they are done searching the property.

Investigators have been at a large 140-acre farm in Gaston, near Muncie since Thursday. The investigation is part of a court sealed search warrant. Investigators have still not said what they were looking for.

The search is the result of a lengthy investigation by multiple agencies in Delaware County.

“This has been a really long and lengthy investigation. It’s ongoing,” said Jeff Arnold, Delaware County Prosecutor.

Search and rescue dogs trained specifically for sniffing out lost or missing people were on scene Friday. A large excavator was also on the site. Arnold said many organizations are working together with various types of equipment and technology.

“We’re very specific on what we’re looking for and what we’re trying to do, but it’s going to take awhile as you’ve seen this is a large property and it’s going to be ongoing for awhile,” Arnold said.

More than 100 officials were on scene Thursday, the first day of the search. Arnold said many were there for the purpose of security. He wanted to ensure residents that the scene is secure.

“People were concerned for this big of police presence, but there’s no threat what so ever to the community here,” he said.

Chief Deputy Prosecutor Eric Hoffman and Muncie Police Chief Steve Stewart released this statement Saturday morning:

Potential evidence has been seized from the various locations. Once all of the evidence is inventoried, investigators will file an inventory of what was seized with the court. Copies of that inventory can be made available at that time. The search warrants and the affidavit in support of the warrants, were sealed by order of the court upon the request of the Prosecutor’s Office. We anticipate asking the court to unseal the warrants Monday, November 9 at which time they may be publicly released. Until then, we cannot make any further comment on the search or the reasons for it. Although the search may have concluded, this investigation is far from over and will continue into the coming weeks and months. There will not be any further comment at this time.

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