Investigators look to ID bodies found in 1983
Post-Tribune staff report March 6, 2013 1:36PM
Victim No. 1 has two tattoos on his right forearm: one is described as a jail-type modified cross and the other as a modified rectangle, according to the Indiana State Police.
Updated: April 12, 2013 6:04AM
No one’s made a movie about the bodies of three men found in Newton and Jasper counties 30 years ago, but that doesn’t mean they have been forgotten by the police.
Indiana State Police investigators, in conjunction with Jasper County Coroner Andrew Boersma and Newton County Coroner Scott McCord, are trying to identity three unidentified male homicide victims whose bodies were discovered in 1983.
Two were found in Lake Village. One was found in Rensselaer. None have ever been identified.
Three years after Newton County investigators discovered the bodies, two Chicago brothers, Anthony and Michael Spilatro, were discovered in shallow graves about 14 miles to the south near Morocco, Ind. The deaths of the brothers, who were allegedly connected to organized crime in Chicago, was chronicled in 1995 in the movie, “Casino.”
The victims who didn’t get a movie may have gone missing as much as a year before their bodies were discovered, police said.
The first and second victims were located in Newton County, one-half mile north of Indiana 10, on the west side of U.S. 41 in Lake Village. The third victim was located off County Road 100W, one-quarter mile south of Bunkum Road in Rensselaer.
Victim No. 1 is a white male, 17 to 23 years old, between 5 feet 2 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall, with light to normal muscularity for a young adult male. He has two tattoos on his right forearm: one is described as a jail-type modified cross and the other as a modified rectangle. The victim was found wearing a pair of size 30x30 brown slacks, size 10½ brown ankle-high fleece boots, Jockey brand underwear, along with one white tube sock with black and red stripes, and one white tube sock with red and blue stripes. He may be from the southwestern to central part of Indiana, eastern part of Illinois or Kentucky.
Victim No. 2 is a black male, 15 to 18 years old, between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet 2 inches tall, with normal muscularity for a teenage male, police said. He was possibly last seen near Terre Haute between Indiana 63 and U.S. 41, and was recovered at the same location as Victim No. 1.
Victim No. 2 was wearing a white T-shirt, Levi’s brand jeans, a stretch belt with the word Devil in red on the band and a gold buckle saying JEANS, pajama bottoms (27-inch inseam), size 34 boxer shorts, size 10 black fleece-lined suede Hush Puppy brand boots, a white tube sock with red and blue stripes and a white tube sock with blue and yellow stripes.
Victim No. 3 is a white male, 20 to 22 years old, between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a slight build and reddish shoulder-length hair. He was possibly last seen on U.S. 41 near Vincennes. He was wearing Levi’s brand jeans, tennis shoes and a gray hooded sweatshirt. He may have had a lighter with the name Arlene on it.
Anyone with information on the identity of these individuals is asked to contact the Indiana State Police at (800) 453-4756 or CIS@isp.IN.gov.