Police: No signs of trauma after body found wrapped in tarp; man identified

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LAFAYETTE (UPDATE: May 1, 2015) – The Lafayette Police Department has identified the deceased man as 38-year-old Joseph Gregg from Muncie, Ind. During the autopsy conducted Friday, police said no signs of trauma were found on the body. The cause of death is pending toxicology tests, and those results could take 4-6 weeks.

“I do want to emphasis to the public that we do not have any reason for them to be concerned for their safety.  At this point, we believe this to be an isolated incident,” said Capt. Kurt Wolf, Lafayette Police Department.

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LAFAYETTE (April 30, 2015) – A death investigation is underway in Lafayette. Lafayette police said a man's body was found wrapped in a nylon tarp near a sidewalk at 14th and Grove streets. The body has been taken to the morgue for further examination, police said. The cause of death was unknown, but there were no immediate signs of foul play or trauma.

Neighbor Jeremy Bickett reported seeing an orange top covering the man's remains. He glimpsed the body and said the man had come to the neighboring apartment before but didn't live there.

“It is really scary, I mean it’s just, you know, you wake up and you think it’s a normal day and there’s a dead body laying on the sidewalk," said Bickett.

Bickett said it was a frightening ordeal for him and his young children. He said his 9-year-old daughter needed a police escort from the front door to her school bus.

“I’m really worried about my kids cuz I don’t know if it’s traumatized them yet or not. I don’t know if they’re going to have nightmares or if they’re gonna be scared," Bickett said.

Police said they interviewed people who lived in the apartment nearby. When they searched the unit, they found a possible meth lab. Indiana State Police meth lab investigators were called to the scene. Police said meth making materials were found inside.

An Indiana State Police sign on the door of the apartment read:

"A clandestine laboratory for the manufacture of illegal drugs and/or hazardous chemicals was seized at this location on 4/30/15. Known hazardous chemicals have been disposed of pursuant to Indiana and federal law."

The man has been identified, but it will not be released until the deceased's family has been properly notified. A full autopsy is scheduled for Friday morning to determine the cause of death.

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