Howard County Sheriff’s Investigating Homicide


At approximately 12:05 p.m. Monday, the Howard County 911 Dispatch Center received a report of an unconscious and unresponsive subject in the area of 500 E. & 100 N. near the roadway. Deputies from the Howard County Sheriff’s Office along with the Greentown Town Marshal, Paramedics from Ascension St. Vincent and the Greentown Volunteer Fire Company were dispatched to the area.

Upon arrival, a male subject was located near the roadway by the Greentown Town Marshal and was pronounced deceased at 12:13 p.m. by Paramedics from Ascension St. Vincent. A crime scene was established and Howard County Sheriff’s Office Detectives along with the Howard County Coroner’s Office and an Indiana State Police Crime Scene Investigator were called to the scene.

On Tuesday, an autopsy was conducted at Community Howard Regional Hospital under the direction of the Howard County Coroner’s Office. Coroner Dr. Steven Seele has ruled the death a homicide as a result of a gunshot wound. The decedent has been identified as Christopher Leo Rucker,
age 27 of Marion, formerly of Yazoo, MS. This release was delayed while out of state family was notified of his death out of respect for the family.

This case is active and will remain under investigation by the Howard County Sheriff’s Office and Howard County Coroner’s Office. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Howard County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 765-614-3372 where you can leave an anonymous message (if needed) or by emailing