ISP looking for person of interest in Washington County 'murder case'
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ind. (WDRB) -- Indiana State Police say a body found in Washington County is now a "murder case," and investigators are looking for a person of interest.
An autopsy was performed Wednesday on a body that was found in the woods on East New Cut Road in Little York, Indiana. The autopsy was not able to make a positive identification. DNA and dental records will now be used to try and identify the victim. Authorities did say the autopsy showed the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head. Toxicology results are pending.
According to officials, the unidentified person is likely 35-year-old Washington County resident Skyler Naugle. The body was found while authorities were searching for Naugle.
ISP said Wednesday evening that Michael Joseph Sanders, 34, is now a person of interest in the case. Sgt. Jerry Goodin said Sanders lives where the body was found on East New Cut Road. He's 5 feet 9 inches tall and 190 pounds with black hair and blue eyes. His picture is below, courtesy of ISP:
Police say officers spoke with a property owner in Little York, and authorities say it's believed Naugle had been on that property before he disappeared. He was last seen on Monday, July 16, and was reported missing on Saturday, July 21. During the search, officers found the body in a wooded area near the home.
Authorities are continuing to search for Naugle. Police say he's a white male, 5'7" and has brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information about Naugle's whereabouts or the body that was found is asked to call Indiana State Police at 1-800-872-6743 or the Washington County Sheriff’s Department at 812-883-5999. And anyone who knows Sanders' whereabouts is asked to call 911.