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[ISP] Body Found in Warren County Field
Start Date: 10/17/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 10/17/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
Entry Description

Otterbein – Yesterday afternoon, a call reporting a wrecked car in a wooded area near Warren County Roads 600 North and 900 East led to the discovery of a deceased person.

A farmer who was harvesting crops made the initial report. When officers from the Indiana State Police arrived at the scene they located a 2012 Chevrolet Cruz with no occupants inside. Officers then searched the immediate vicinity and found the body of a deceased person approximately 120 yards from the car.

Further investigation by Indiana State Police Detective Tom Minnicus revealed that the Chevrolet was a rental car which had been reported as stolen. The car had been reported as stolen after it was not returned to the rental company. The vehicle had allegedly been rented by Tracey Rutel, 51, Indianapolis, IN. Rutel was reported as a missing person, to the Muncie Police Department, on August 20, 2013.

Earlier today, an autopsy was conducted in Tippecanoe County. The autopsy failed to reveal the identity of the deceased or the manner of death. An attempt to identify the deceased will be made utilizing dental records and DNA samples. Information concerning the identification of the body will be released by the Warren County Coroner’s Office

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Indiana State Police Detective Tom Minnicus by calling 1-765-567-2125.

Assisting in this investigation were ISP Detective Sergeant Brian Harper, Sergeant Duane Datzman, Master Trooper Larry Mote, Trooper Sean Swaim, the Warren County Sheriff’s Department, and the Warren County Coroner’s Office.

Contact Information:
Name: Sergeant Tony Slocum
Phone: 765-567-2125
Email: tslocum@isp.in.gov
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