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Very cold cases: State Police seek help in identifying three male homicide victims from 1983

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The Indiana State Police, in conjunction with Jasper County Coroner Dr. Andrew Boersma and Newton County Coroner Scott McCord, are seeking the public’s help in identifying three male homicide victims, the remains of whom were discovered in October 1983.

The three may have gone missing, however, as long as a year before their bodies were found, ISP said.

The first and second victims were located in Newton County, one-half mile north of Ind. 10, on the west side of U.S. Highway 41, in Lake Village. The third victim was located off of C.R. 100W, one-quarter mile south of Bunkum Road in Rensselaer.

Victim No. 1 is a white male, between 17 and 23 years of age, around 5’02” to 5’09” in height, and with light to normal muscularity for a young adult male. He has two tattoos on his right forearm: one is described as a jail-type modified cross and the other as a modified rectangle. The victim was found wearing a pair of size 30x30 brown slacks, size 101/2 brown ankle-high fleeced boots, Jockey brand underwear, along with one white tube sock with black/red stripes, and one white tube sock with red/blue stripes. He may be from the southwestern to central part of Indiana, the eastern part of Illinois, or Kentucky.

Victim No. 2 is a black male, between 15 and 18 years of age, around 5’8 to 6’2 (possibly 5’11) in height, and with normal muscularity for a teenage male. He was possibly last seen near Terre Haute between Ind. 63 and U.S. 41, and was recovered at the same location as Victim No. 1. Victim No. 2 was wearing a white T-Shirt, Levi’s brand jeans, a stretch belt with the word Devil in red on the band and a gold buckle saying JEANS, pajama bottoms (27” inseam), size 34 boxer shorts, size 10 black fleece-lined suede Hush Puppy brand boots, a white tube sock with red/blue stripes, and a white tube sock with blue/yellow stripes.

Victim No. 3 is a white male, between 20 and 22 years of age, around 5’06” to 5’08” in height, with a slight build and reddish shoulder length hair. He was possibly last seen on U.S. 41 near Vincennes. Victim No. 3 was wearing Levi’s brand jeans, tennis shoes and a gray hooded sweat shirt. He may have had a lighter with the name Arlene on it.

If anyone has information on the identity of these individuals, please contact the Indiana State Police at (800) 453-4756 or


Posted 3/6/2013