Man facing charges after body is found in Madison County woods

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James "Brady" Helms

UPDATE (Sept. 19, 2017) — James Helms was found guilty of altering the scene of a death in August 2017. He was sentenced to 18 months in jail followed by 12 months in community corrections.

MADISON COUNTY, Ind. –A man was arrested Monday in connection with the body that was found in a wooded area in Madison County Sunday.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Department says 35-year-old Billy C. Emberton was found near the intersection of County Road 500 East and County Road 1450 North around 2 p.m. They found him around 50 feet north of the intersection.

Billy C. Emberton

Billy C. Emberton

Multiple leads led investigators to a home in the 1100 block of Church Street in Summitville, which is where officers believe Emberton died last Thursday.

Investigators say a man who lives in the home, 40-year-old James “Brady” Helms, removed Emberton’s body and moved it to the wooded area.

Helms was charged with unauthorized disposal of a dead body (Level 6 Felony) and obstruction of justice (Level 6 Felony). He was later detained at the Madison County Detention Center on a $5,000 bond.

Emberton’s cause of death remains under investigation. Toxicology reports are pending and should be available in the coming weeks.