Police identify man found dead in Howard County; homicide investigation underway


HOWARD COUNTY, Ind. — Sheriff’s deputies in Howard County are trying to solve a murder after a man was found shot to death along a county road just east of Kokomo.

Just after noon on Monday, the town marshal from Greentown found a man dead near the brush surrounding the reservoir along County Road 500 East.

Investigators are still trying to figure out what led up to the death, but this week the coroner ruled the victim had been shot to death. 

The homicide surprised the handful of people who live along the road.

“It is certainly alarming. We wouldn’t want that to happen to anybody in our family or in our community and it’s sad it happened to somebody from Marion,” said neighbor Tim Hibschman.

Tim didn’t know the victim, identified as 27-year-old Christopher Leo Rucker, who lived in Marion, but Tim still hopes his family sees some justice.

“Certainly if you think about the holidays, somebody is not going to have their loved one home for the holidays,” said Hibschman.

“He wasn’t the type of person to have beef with nobody. He was a good person with like a happy spirit,” said the victim’s friend Latoya Mullins.

Latoya says Rucker lived with her for several months. She believes he was killed by someone he knew and the list of suspects may be small because Rucker didn’t have many friends in Indiana.  Most of his family lives in Mississippi.

“He didn’t know his way around Indiana. He didn’t know how to get to Kokomo. We want justice for Christopher,” said Mullins.

“It’s just a tragedy. We certainly don’t want it to continue. It doesn’t happen here very often,” said Hibschman. “We certainly hope that whoever did this is able to come to justice.”

So far no arrests have been made in the case.

Anyone with information should call the Howard County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 765-614-3372 (messages can be anonymous) or send an email to HCSOCID@howardcountyin.gov.

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