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SHERIFF: Waynesville quadruple homicide was drug-related

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COLUMBUS, Ind. (WDRB) -- The murders of four people were drug-related, the Bartholomew County sheriff said Tuesday, adding that two "persons of interest" have been interviewed, but no arrests were arrested.

Sheriff Mark Gorbett said items found at the scene included methamphetamine, used casings, a knife, and a rifle. He said investigators are unsure whether the rifle is related to the homicide.

He also said his department is working diligently to bring whoever committed the crime to justice.

All four victims found in the Waynesville, Ind. home had been shot in the head, according to the coroner. Kathryn Burton, 53, and her boyfriend, 39-year-old Thomas Smith died, along with two 41-year-old Columbus men, Aaron Cross and Shawn Burton. The Bartholomew County Coroner Larry Fisher says all four people suffered gunshot wounds to the head and body, and Kathryn Burton was stabbed several times.

"There's blood everywhere," Daniel Burton told a 911 dispatcher as he described the scene at his Waynesville home Saturday night.

The shootings were discovered Saturday night in the small community of Waynesville, about five miles south of Columbus.

That night, 27-year-old Daniel Burton walked into the home he shared with his mother, Kathryn, to find two men dead on the living room floor.  He called 911: "I just walked in and there's two -- I have two bodies here, and I think they've both been shot.  There's blood everywhere."

Burton then gave the 911 operator the location of the shooting and later added, "There might be three, because I can't find my Mom, either."  He described the house as "ransacked" and added, "There was a fight here."  Burton said the door to the bedroom was locked and he was unable to get in, and he suspected his mother was dead, as well.

Later he told the dispatcher that he wanted "his time accounted for" noting that his employer Taco Bell had surveillance cameras and could vouch for his whereabouts. 

He also said he watched a lot of crime investigation shows on TV, he was going to leave the house so he wouldn't disturb the crime scene.  Burton said he would be on the back porch and put aside a weapon he had on him.

The 911 dispatcher then lost contact with Burton and tried to call back, unsuccessfully at first, then finally got through to him.  Burton provided a detailed description of how to get to the crime scene and the names of his family members he believed had been shot. 

Burton told the dispatcher he would stay on the line with him because he "wanted to make sure all my time is accounted for right now."  He also mentioned to the dispatcher that he had just come home from his job at Taco Bell, and that cameras and his timecard there could verify that. 

At one point, Burton said, "I can hear the sirens," and the dispatcher told him to stay on the line with him until officers arrived.  Once officers were on the scene, he hung up.

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Additional color from The Associated Press on Tuesday:

WAYNESVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- Residents of the small southern Indiana town of Waynesville are taking steps to protect themselves following the weekend shootings of four people.

April Spires, her boyfriend and their two children live about a block from the home where the shootings occurred Saturday night. She says they're now keeping their two pit bulls in the house instead of leaving them outside.

Eugene Walker also lives nearby. The 81-year-old man says he has his shotgun loaded and keeps it nearby. However, he says he's not too worried because he says he's not "into drugs."

Authorities said Tuesday they consider the slayings drug-related after finding methamphetamine at the home.

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