April 23, 2016, at approximately 4:13 PM the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department responded to the wooded area behind Southwestern Elementary School reference the report of a deceased male. Officers met with the reporting party, who stated they were walking the trails and found the male subject. Indiana State Police Crime Scene Technician Merit Toomey was summoned to the scene, and assisted Detective Yancy Denning with the investigation.
It was determined, through the investigation, that no foul play was involved, and the cause of death was self inflicted. The victim was identified as a 45 year old male from Hanover, Indiana. In addition to Toomey, Detective Denning was also assisted by Sergeant Troy Hawkins, H.P.D. Officer Josh Taylor, and the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office.