UPDATED: Three dead in rural home massacre, suspect found dead

UPDATE: Indiana State Police are saying that a person of interest believed to be connected to a triple homicide in Indiana has been found dead.

“Shortly after 8:00 am, the Monroe County, Indiana Sheriff’s Department received a tip that Richard Lee Burton, Jr’s  vehicle was parked at the Blackwell Horse Camp in Monroe County near State Road 446. When deputies approached the vehicle they found a body believed to be that of Richard Lee Burton, Jr. deceased in his vehicle. The official confirmation of identification on Richard Lee Burton, Jr will be made by the Monroe County Coroner’s Office.

This investigation is continuing but, information discovered from last night’s investigation by Indiana State Police Detectives lead investigators to believe Richard Lee Burton, Jr. was responsible for the deaths of all three victims located inside of the residence at 5882 South Beck’s Mill Road in rural Washington County.”

Original Story:

Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a person of interest believed to be connected to a triple homicide in Washington County, Indiana.

According to Indiana news station WRBI 40, police responded to a welfare check at a home outside of Salem on Sunday.

When they arrived, they were able to see a dead body before even entering the home. The county police called in the Indiana State Police, and investigators found two additional bodies at the home.

The police have not yet revealed the identities of the victims or the cause of death, which is pending autopsy.

Richard Lee Burton Jr. is a person of interest in the case, and was living in the home at the time. Police say he is driving a 1997 Dodge Ram, possibly with a blue camper, with license plate TK641MUK.

Burton is 47 years old, white, 5’9″ tall, with long brown hair that may be in a ponytail. He should be considered armed and dangerous. 

Investigators believe Burton may be traveling to Tennessee, Missouri or Texas.

Anyone who sees a person matching the description should immediately call 911.


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