Brownstown officers continue to investigate death of Austin man


Police planned to hit the streets around Brownstown Elementary School in an effort to find out why a Scott County man was found dead in a school playground Tuesday morning.

Police Chief Tom Hanner said Wednesday morning that police know little more about the death of Earl D. Campbell, 38, of Austin and the circumstances behind his death.

“We’re going to broaden the area around the school,” Hanner said in an effort to see if anybody heard or saw anything.

Detective John Long interviewed people near the school, Hanner said, and many heard or saw things Monday night or Tuesday morning, but none of it can be tied to the investigation of Campbell’s death.

An autopsy Tuesday afternoon at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour showed there were no visible signs of the cause of Campbell’s death, including blunt force trauma, Jackson County Coroner Roger Wheeler said. There also was no evidence he died of a heart attack or similar medical condition, Wheeler said.

For more on this story, read Thursday’s edition of The Tribune.

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