ISP Investigating Death in Mitchell

by Staff on December 23, 2012 · 55 comments

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Note: This article was updated at 10:27 a.m. with a statement from Mitchell Police Chief Mike Hardman (see below).

MITCHELL — Although few details are currently known, the Indiana State Police are investigating the death of a man who entered a Kelly Street home and collapsed on the floor Saturday afternoon.

At 3:31 p.m. Saturday, the Mitchell police received a call reporting that a man “just came in and passed out on the floor”. The man who called police, Cody Taylor, told them he wasn’t sure if the man was breathing. Sources have identified the man as Gene Smith, although that has not been confirmed at this time.

When the first officer arrived on the scene, no one would answer the door and attempts to reach the caller by telephone were instead picked up by an answering machine.

Taylor’s whereabouts when police arrived are unknown and a commenter on the Mitchell News Facebook page reported that “someone witnessed a man fleeing from the house shortly before they found [the man]”.

Unable to make contact with the original caller, police quickly contacted the homeowner by telephone. She gave permission to make “forced entry” to the home.

After entry to the residence was made, a first responder on the scene reported that the man was not breathing.

Two minutes after arriving at the home, Mitchell police requested assistance from Lawrence County police and two officers from the Orleans Police Department also headed to the scene. Two other Mitchell officers were contacted by telephone, although both were out of town (one in Bloomington and one in Paoli). Mitchell Police Chief Mike Hardman then notified the dispatcher that he would be en route.

At 4:00 p.m., half an hour after the initial call was received, Chief Hardman instructed the dispatcher to request a detective and technician from the Indiana State Police.

The first responder on the scene reported at 4:18 p.m. that the man was being transported to the hospital by an IU Health ambulance. When police later requested an update on the man’s condition, IU Health personnel advised the man was pronounced dead at 4:37 p.m. That information was then passed along to the Indiana State Police, who had yet to arrive.

Few details are known from that point forward, although some information was learned from the police log.

Cody Taylor, who apparently had left the home after making the initial call, contacted the police department at 6:33 p.m. and spoke with the officer who was the first on the scene. The details of that conversation are not known.

Then, at 7:29 p.m., a Mitchell police officer on the scene requested a wrecker. Upon its arrival, a vehicle was towed away but it is unknown if the vehicle is being considered a part of the investigation.

At 7:40 p.m., an unidentified female called the police station with “more information”.

Cody Taylor called police again at 8:40 p.m. to speak with the officer. Again, the details of that call are unknown.

Later, at 10:24 p.m., the homeowner, who told police it was okay to make forced entry to the home, herself called police “with information”.

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We’ve reached out to Chief Hardman to ask for confirmation of the identity of the deceased man, as well as asking if the case was being considered a homicide and if police had anyone in custody. We have not yet received a response to our inquiries.

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UPDATE 10:27 a.m.: Mitchell Police Chief Mike Hardman responded with the following statement:

The decedent is Gene J. Smith (46). ISP is in charge of the investigation. Pending results of the autopsy this case is a Death investigation and not a homicide investigation.

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Keli Prather
Keli Prather

Yep, that would be me Jamie! Too bad I wouldn't have known the man if he had walked past me. Some people sound like they need meds ha.

Shela Hughes
Shela Hughes

Oh dang Joey.lol by the way did the warm milk help you sleep?

Shela Hughes
Shela Hughes

Oh dang Joey.lol by the way did the warm milk help you sleep?

Joey Simpson
Joey Simpson

We were typing 'hore' sarcastically making fun of that woman getting pissy. Oh, and there are quite a few in Mitchell. Hell, one time I went to Jack's and before I even made it to the bar I'd overheard a woman asking for a beer OR cigarettes in exchange for a BJ.

Joey Simpson
Joey Simpson

We were typing 'hore' sarcastically making fun of that woman getting pissy. Oh, and there are quite a few in Mitchell. Hell, one time I went to Jack's and before I even made it to the bar I'd overheard a woman asking for a beer OR cigarettes in exchange for a BJ.

Cody Huggins
Cody Huggins

Only in Mitchell can you find people calling people hore, what is a hore exactly? I think you mean "whore" and I am sure there are no whores in Mitchell...

Cody Huggins
Cody Huggins

Only in Mitchell can you find people calling people hore, what is a hore exactly? I think you mean "whore" and I am sure there are no whores in Mitchell...

Shela Hughes
Shela Hughes

Joshua- do you mean she, not should? By the way I noticed you changed your pics, I'd never took you for a megadeath fan. Thats kinda cool.

Shela Hughes
Shela Hughes

Joshua- do you mean she, not should? By the way I noticed you changed your pics, I'd never took you for a megadeath fan. Thats kinda cool.

Joshua L Watkins
Joshua L Watkins

Should would be shaking so bad she would drop her foil! Lol

Joshua L Watkins
Joshua L Watkins

Should would be shaking so bad she would drop her foil! Lol

Joey Simpson
Joey Simpson

She'd be shaking in her boots if someone did say it to her face.

Joey Simpson
Joey Simpson

She'd be shaking in her boots if someone did say it to her face.

Joshua L Watkins
Joshua L Watkins

Lol only in Mitchell can you find love in a meth lab! Haha..."I'd say it to ur face swear to god!" (Shut up Randy! " Bob&Tom lol

Joshua L Watkins
Joshua L Watkins

Lol only in Mitchell can you find love in a meth lab! Haha..."I'd say it to ur face swear to god!" (Shut up Randy! " Bob&Tom lol

Roxanna Cleek
Roxanna Cleek

you got shit to say come to my face. you dont know shit and your just mad becouse he was mine and he useed you like a hore' to make me mad

Roxanna Cleek
Roxanna Cleek

you got shit to say come to my face. you dont know shit and your just mad becouse he was mine and he useed you like a hore' to make me mad

Keli Prather
Keli Prather

Hmm we knew that last night. Curious to know the cause of death!! It all still sounds fishy.

Keli Prather
Keli Prather

Hmm we knew that last night. Curious to know the cause of death!! It all still sounds fishy.

Cody Huggins
Cody Huggins

So it seems as if number one Mitchell PD needs some officers. I would like to possibly get on the department. Also Ive always thought that any death investigation where foul play is suspected should be treated as a homicide until it is completely ruled out.

Cody Huggins
Cody Huggins

So it seems as if number one Mitchell PD needs some officers. I would like to possibly get on the department. Also Ive always thought that any death investigation where foul play is suspected should be treated as a homicide until it is completely ruled out.

Whitney Kelley
Whitney Kelley

I can't wait for the autopsy/toxicology reports....

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