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News Release 02-22-2004
(February 23, 2004)

JOHNSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION

On February 21, 2004 at 3:57 P.M. the Johnson County Sheriff's Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call from Michael Duprile of Greenwood. Michael reported that he was checking on the welfare of John Richards, 46, who resided at 1656 Old State Road 37 in Greenwood.

Michael and another friend, Brian Barrett of Indianapolis, knocked on the doors and windows of the residence in an attempt to get the attention of John Richards. Not receiving an answer, the pair went to the front door and entered the residence finding John Richards deceased in the home.

Upon the arrival of Johnson County Sheriff's Sergeant Perry Wilson and Deputy Tom Shively, it was determined that this was a crime scene and that foul play was involved. The Sheriff's Investigation Division team were summonsed to the residence.

A search warrant was obtained from the Johnson County Prosecutor's Office. The warrant was served, and the following individual was found deceased from an apparent gunshot wound on the master bedroom floor: John H. Richards of 1656 Old State Road 37, Greenwood, Indiana 46143. John is a forty-six (46) year old white male standing 7'0" tall and weighing 306 pounds.

The suspect(s) used forced entry to gain access into the home. This case is being investigated as a homicide, and the Investigations Division is currently interviewing those who last had contact with John Richards.

An autopsy is currently being conducted and the results are pending.

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to contact Major Steve Byerly by calling the Johnson County Sheriff's Office Crime Tip Hotline at 317-736-2204.

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