Investigation into the Death of Missing Knox Woman Continues

The six-month long investigation into the death of 37-year-old Knox resident Barbara McCurdy continues.

As previously reported, McCurdy was initially reported missing on January 20th. The report indicated she was last seen last in Knox on January 14th, driving her black 2006 Chevy Cobalt. A missing person investigation ensued and McCurdy was eventually found deceased in her vehicle at a Winamac car dealership on February 2nd.

The Pulaski County Coroner’s ruling for the cause of death will be kept confidential while the death investigation remains ongoing. Continue reading

Pulaski County Commissioners to Get Updates from Coroner, Building Inspector, Sheriff

Pulaski County Commissioners: Mike McClure, Jerry Locke, Kenny Becker

The Pulaski County Commissioners will get updates from several department heads this morning. Coroner John Behny is looking to wrap up the purchase of the former Winamac Masonic Lodge, so it can be converted into a morgue and office space. The county council and commissioners took action to approve the purchase last month, but the commissioners still have to authorize the actual $50,000 payment.

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Pulaski County Officials Continue Working on Masonic Lodge Purchase

The Pulaski County Coroner’s Office is pushing the county council and commissioners to finalize the purchase of the former Winamac Masonic Lodge as close to the original deadline as possible. Last month, the council and commissioners approved a joint ordinance to purchase the building for $50,000 from the Royal Center Masonic Lodge. The plan is to convert it into a dedicated morgue and coroner’s office, which the county has lacked until now.

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Coroner’s Office Fees Considered by Pulaski County Council, Commissioners

The Pulaski County Coroner’s Office continues to explore the possibility of charging for copies of certain reports. Coroner John Behny and Chief Deputy Jon Frain presented a few fee collection options to the county council and commissioners last week. “We’re talking about the autopsy report, the toxicology report, the coroner’s summary, or the coroner’s verdict,” Frain explained. Continue reading

Pulaski Council to Consider Written Salary Guidelines, Funding for Courthouse Elevator Replacement

A set of written guidelines on Pulaski County’s pay structure are expected to be approved during tonight’s county council meeting. An 11-page draft document was presented to council members last month, and department heads were given a chance to offer input. The guidelines are designed to clarify a number of issues, including the pay rate for part-time employees and the process of amending the pay structure going forward.

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Multiple Agencies Continue to Work Together on Top Priority Death Investigation

Ever since 37-year-old Knox resident, Barbara McCurdy was discovered deceased over a month ago in Winamac, the Pulaski County Coroner has continuously been coordinating with a number of law enforcement agencies to work on her death investigation.

Pulaski County Coroner John Behny mentioned that this is a top priority case. He said the Coroner’s Office continues to work in conjunction with the Indiana State Police, the Knox and Winamac Police Departments, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office and the Starke County and Pulaski County Prosecutor’s Offices, collecting pertinent information related to the case.

According, to Coroner Behny the official cause and manner of death are still pending. Continue reading

Toxicology and Autopsy Results for Barbara McCurdy Pending with Pulaski County Coroner

Information about the cause of Barb McCurdy’s death is pending with the Pulaski County Coroner’s office.

Coroner John Behny reports that the only preliminary information available at this time is that she has been positively identified and the next of kin has been notified. The length of time she has been deceased and the cause of her death will be established from toxicology and autopsy results. Continue reading

Coroner Releases Name of Victim in Medaryville Incident

Pulaski County Coroner John Behny has released the name of the victim who died in an apparent stabbing and shooting incident in Medaryville on Tuesday afternoon.

Behny says 41-year-old Kenneth Ray Henry was pronounced dead at a home in the 200 block of S. Maldron. The coroner said the determination of a cause and manner of death is still pending. The results of the autopsy conducted on Wednesday and toxicology tests will assist in making a ruling in Henry’s death.

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Coroner Pay Structure Debated During Pulaski County Council Meeting

Pulaski County Coroner’s staff say they aren’t getting paid what they’re owed by the county. Under the county’s pay structure, Coroner John Behny and Chief Deputy Jon Frain each receive an annual salary, plus additional money for each call they respond to. But how much they’re supposed to get per call was a topic of debate during Monday’s county council meeting.

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