Shane Bailey Death – A 53-year-old man has died after he was found dead in Bluffton Pond on Thursday evening, according to the Bluffton Police Department. The victim has been identified as Shane Bailey, a resident of Bluffton, Indiana. Thursday evening, at approximately 7:12 p.m., officers responded to a report that a probable corpse had been observed in a pond along N Main Street, close to the Bluffton Sewer Plant. According to the police, officers searched the pond.
According to law enforcement officials, the body of a man was recovered from the pond with the assistance of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Wells County Coroner’s Office. The investigators note that there were no clear and immediate indicators that a criminal act had taken place. After the man’s body was found in a pond in the neighbourhood on Thursday evening, authorities from the Bluffton Police Department say they have begun an investigation into the incident.
The family will release an obituary and funeral arrangements for Shane Bailey.
Related story: Woman reported missing from Bluffton found dead
Celeste Cuthbert’s body was discovered on Tuesday, February 7, 2023, at around 1:04 pm in the backyard of a vacant house on the west end of Bluffton. Ms Cuthbert’s remains were concealed between a shed and a wooden playhouse for children, surrounded by a fence that provided privacy. She had been reported missing on Tuesday, January 3, from the West Lancaster Street and Meadow Lane area, with the reporting party indicating that she had been missing since Sunday, January 1.
The Bluffton Police Department immediately added Ms Cuthbert’s name to a national database of missing persons, and the Indiana State Police issued a Silver Alert on the same evening, requesting public assistance in locating her. The Bluffton Police Department also employed the services of the Indiana Search and Rescue Association on January 4, using bloodhounds to track her. A drone was used to search the pond area, and divers from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources were called upon to search the pond.
On January 6, the department delivered flyers to all residences in the area, requesting that homeowners check their properties thoroughly. The police department and the fire department searched through fields, wooded areas, and other ponds in the region where Ms Cuthbert was last seen on January 7. On February 7, personnel from the property management service for bank-owned properties informed the police of a deceased person at the Meadow Lane residence’s address.
Crime scene investigators from the Indiana State Police, as well as the Wells County Coroner, arrived on the scene immediately. Ms Cuthbert’s death did not appear to be a result of foul play, according to the evidence gathered at the site. An autopsy was performed on February 8, and the results are still pending. The Bluffton Police Department extends its condolences to Celeste Cuthbert’s loved ones and acknowledges the community’s assistance and support throughout this probe.
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