Parke County Sheriff Mike Eslinger said his department is waiting to obtain an immediate family’s confirmation of a woman found dead in a home in the 2900 block of West Rosehill Lane.
“Under a new law, since young people on Interstate 69, when they got the identity mixed up on the names of the two girls, it has to be an immediate family member to identify a person,” Eslinger said Saturday.
“We know who it is, but we have to get immediate family identification under the statue,” Eslinger said.
The sheriff said a daughter of the deceased woman is traveling to Parke County to make that identification. Eslinger said no autopsy has yet been performed on the woman found dead Friday. The sheriff said the county’s coroner’s office is working to have an autopsy performed on Monday.
Eslinger said pathologist Dr. Roland Kohr is unavailable to conduct the autopsy.
In 2006, a crash on Interstate 69 killed four Taylor University students and one staff member. One survivor was misidentified and the family of a girl who died kept vigil for five weeks at the beside of the survivor, believing it was their daughter.
That led to a state law that requires coroners to identify a dead person from fingerprints, DNA analysis, dental records or positive identification by an immediate family member.
Eslinger said the name of “a person of interest” is also being withheld until the victim’s identification is released. Eslinger said police may pick up that individual, being held in Georgia, next week.
The sheriff said more information would be released pending a positive identification and an autopsy.