Mother of murdered Ind. woman: ‘Her throat was cut and she was thrown in the river’
CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- On May 11, barge workers found the body of Sarah Ipock, 30, along the Indiana shore, just west of Troy.
CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- More than a month after two murder victims were discovered in separate parts of the Ohio River, Indiana State Police have again reached out to the public for information that could help solve the cases.
On May 11, barge workers found the body of Sarah Ipock, 30, along the Indiana shore, just west of Troy.
Investigators have not released an official cause of death, simply saying the mother of four “suffered a traumatic death.”
“Her cause of death was a severed carotid artery,” Ipock's mother, Karen Fox told WDRB. “Her throat was cut, and she was thrown in the river.”
Fox describes her daughter as funny, giving and lovable. She calls Ipock "far from perfect" and admits the Clarksville woman had her share of problems and even served time behind bars.
“She was getting her life back together, and in my opinion that’s why this happened,” Fox said. “Nobody deserves what happened to her."
Fox says she believes her daughter knew her killer.
"It makes me think that it was not a random occurrence," Fox said. "It wasn’t somebody who carjacked her or stole her purse."
Indiana State Police say they are working to figure out if Ipock's murder is connected to that of an unidentified man discovered a mere six hours after Ipock along the Kentucky shoreline near Owensboro.
"Daviess County, Kentucky, officials informed us that the male had suffered a gunshot wound to the head and believed that was the fatal cause," said Sgt. Phillip Hensley with Indiana State Police. "They had also specified he had some strangulation, hanging-type marks around his neck, so it's quite possibly that he suffered a somewhat traumatic death as well."
Fox says she believes the two murders are connected.
“I think the odds of two bodies showing up at the same time, in relatively the same place, in relatively the same state of decomposition, I think those are slim odds. That’s a really big coincidence,” said Fox.
Sarah Ipock was last seen May 4 at the Dairy Queen on Veterans Parkway in Clarksville.
Indiana State Police say they have received quite a few tips in the case, but they are still looking for the one that leads to an arrest.
“There are a lot of people who miss her and want to know what happened. Want justice for what happened,” Fox said. “I want answers and I want justice.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Indiana State police at (812) 482-1441.
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