ISP: Man wanted for triple homicide found dead

Man wanted in three S. Indiana murders found dead

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The man wanted in connection to a triple homicide in Washington County, Indiana, is dead.

Police say they found the body of 47-year-old Richard Lee Burton inside his car in Monroe County, Indiana.

After receiving a phone call from someone concerned for the welfare of the people who live in rural home about 15 miles from Salem, Indiana, police say they found three people, two males and a female dead inside, and a fourth Richard Lee Burton Jr. on the run.  

Burton was found dead in Monroe County this morning, but police aren't saying why they believe he may be the killer.

"Under any circumstance there would be nothing that leads a person to think they should kill three people,” Sgt. Jerry Goodin said.  “No matter what any kind of excuse could be there is no excuse for what happened.  It's a terrible, terrible tragedy."

Police say that Burton lived with his victims before killing them, but neighbors like Angel Cordero, still can't believe would happen in this quiet community.

"Never,” Cordero said.  “I feel like this is the safest place in the world."

Cordero says her daughter often road four wheelers with one of the victims.

Breaking the news that her daughter had lost her friend was one of the hardest things this mother has ever done.

"She was shocked,” Cordero said. “It was pretty difficult. It was pretty difficult. It's hard for a 12-year-old you know."

While police found alleged dead Cordero says she is still on edge, and as long as the investigation continues she'll be locking her doors at night.

"We're not putting all of our eggs in one basket with Richard Lee Burton, Jr.,” Sgt. Goodin said. “This case is still an active case. We're still investigating. If other information arises that leads us to someone else you'd better be sure that we're going to be following that lead to the very end."

Authorities aren't releasing the identities of the victims or cause of death at this time. 

Autopsies are scheduled for Tuesday morning for the three people found inside the home.

An autopsy is scheduled to be performed on Burton on Wednesday.

 

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