By Lindy Thackston
SHELBVYILLE, IN — The Shelbvyille Police Department has taken down the official police tape that surrounded the home in the 1200 block of Elm Street nearly all week.
The home where Scott Schuck was living was released to his family Thursday night and there is now caution tape around the home with no trespassing signs in nearly every window. A man tended to the backyard garden Friday afternoon.
Investigators spent most of the week digging up the backyard after serving a search warrant Tuesday morning.
The police chief says they found what appear to be human remains and a purse with Rebecca Cassidy’s ID in it, and Schuck has been charged with murder with a bond send at $10 million.
Cassidy was reported missing by her family in April 2010 and was last seen at her longtime boyfriend Schuck’s house at the corner of Elm and 4th Streets in Shelbyville.
According to court documents, police say Schuck confessed to hitting and strangling Cassidy.
Schuck watched investigators dig all day Tuesday before his arrest Wednesday morning, and told FOX 59, “In a sense, I’m glad they’re doing what they’re doing. In a sense I’m glad because maybe they can proceed.”
His defense attorney told FOX 59 he intends to plead not guilty.
“There are things that I do know that are going to come out and are going to explain a lot and I look forward for Scott’s sake when that happens,” said defense attorney Andrew Baldwin.
Neighbors have been shocked all week at what police say was buried here, and many say Schuck was a model neighbor.
“He cleaned all the snow and stuff off the street,” said Harvey Baker. “In the dead of winter, he was out here doing his thing.”
Another neighbor said, “He’s plowed my driveway several times, brought me vegetables out of his garden, just two weeks ago. To confess this quick, I’m a little surprised, yes. Disheartening that this has gone on in my neighborhood and we hope he gets what he deserves, if he’s guilty.”
Schuck’s next court appearance is scheduled for September 24, 2014.