State Police Declaring Case in Lafontaine as Homicide

At approximately 9:29 a.m. Wednesday, officers from the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department responded to a 911 call reporting a possible death at 123 Clear Creek Drive, Lafontaine, IN.Upon entering the house, officers found the body of Jordon Richards, 22. Richards lived at the residence.

At the request of the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department, a joint investigation was initiated with detectives from the Indiana State Police Peru District.

The preliminary investigation revealed a home health care nurse, who was making a daily check on Richards, allegedly found him deceased. Richards had a medical condition that required a nurse to check on him twice daily.

Since the inception of the investigation, officers have treated Richards’ death as suspicious. Yesterday, an autopsy was conducted at Parkview Hospital (Wabash) by Dr. Thomas Sozio, a forensic pathologist. Dr. Sozio determined that Richards’ death was a homicide caused by a gunshot wound. Investigators are conducting an active murder investigation.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact Indiana State Police detectives by calling the Indiana State Police Peru Post at 1-800-382-0689 (inside Indiana) or 765-473-6666. Information can also be provided to the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department by calling 1-260-563-8891.

No further information will be released at this time.

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