Death Investigation Parke County

Parke County – November 7, 2019, at approximately 2:25 p.m., Parke County requested the assistance of the Indiana State Police Putnamville District in reference to a death investigation of a 57-year-old Newport, Indiana, man that was located at Rose Valley Apartment Complex, in Rosedale Indiana.

Preliminary information about this ongoing death investigation, determined that the 57-year-old male was causing a disturbance at the Rose Valley Apartment Complex.  The disturbance was so severe that police were requested at the apartment complex.   The first responding officer to the scene was Kevin Bratcher, a Rosedale DeputyTown Marshal.  His initial investigation revealed that the male was mentally unstable, and he requested additional assistance at the scene.   Upon the arrival of a second officer, Derek Cerny, of the Rockville Police Department, it was determined that the male needed an immediate emergency detention for mental health issues.  When the officers attempted to detain the male, he went into physical distress.  Officers immediately provided first aid and also contacted EMS.  All life-saving procedures were used to no avail. The male was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Parke County Coroner’s Office.

An autopsy with Dr. Roland Kohr has been scheduled for 3:00 p.m. today, at Terre Haute Regional Hospital.  At that time, a positive identification is expected to be made, as well as other information to the cause and manner of death.

Death investigations can take several weeks or months to complete dependent on the complexity of the investigation and review of the final autopsy and toxicology reports.  The ongoing investigation is being conducted by Indiana State Police detectives Don Curtis, Mike Featherling, and Jason Schoffstall, with the assistance of Crime Scene Investigator Jim Cody of the Putnamville State Police Post.  Parke County Coroner’s Office is also assisting in the investigation.

Once the investigation is complete, it will be submitted to the Parke County Prosecutor’s office for review and action, as deemed appropriate by that office.

No other information is available at this time.

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