Morgan County authorities seek help identifying homicide victim

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MORGAN COUNTY, Ind. — Authorities in Morgan County are seeking the public’s help in identifying the body of a homicide victim found in northern Morgan County.

At 3:45 p.m. Friday, deputies were called to the 11000 block of Mann Road in response to a body in a ditch.

A homeowner found the body on the east side of the road in a wooded area while walking their dog, according to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. The body had been there for about a week and was badly decomposed.

An autopsy was performed Saturday evening, and the report has preliminary listed the cause of death as gunshot.

The body is described to be that of a Caucasian male in the age range of 25-40 who weighs 150-180 lbs, has long dark hair and both ears pierced.

The victim was wearing white canvas Converse shoes and a T-shirt similar to the one pictured. Sheriff Richard Myers says the victim also had unique stud earrings.

Homeowner Rick Ferguson lives across the street from where the body was found. He says the community was shocked to hear what had happened.

“For 14 years we’ve had nothing like this,” said Ferguson, “It makes you wonder, we’re a pretty peaceful area out here. There’s not a whole lot that goes on.  So, then this pops up and you wonder did it happen here? Was it somebody dumping somebody here?”

Sheriff Richard Myers says he checked with Marion County records to see if the victim matches any missing persons reports. So far, nothing has matched. This week he plans to check with Indiana State Police.

“Unfortunately, we don’t have much to go on right now and our victim is our priority,” said Sheriff Myers, “Find out who it is, that’s the challenging part so we can start backwards and talk to people who knew him and last seen him.”

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS (8477). You can remain anonymous.

You can also call Morgan County dispatch at (765) 342-5544.

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