Vallonia man arrested in connection with death investigation


The arrest of a Washington County man on obstruction and failure to report a dead body charges Friday led to the discovery of the body of a man reported missing earlier in the day.

The arrest of Jerry Lee Carson Jr., 47, who lives in the Vallonia area in northern Washington County, occurred after police questioned him during their search for 22-year-old Jacob Ray Dodson on Friday, according to report from Sgt. Jerry Goodin.

Goodin, public information officer for the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg, said the body of Dodson, who lived in the Campbellsburg area, was found Friday in a duffel-style bag under an abandoned mobile home on property at 4301 Wheeler Hollow Road, Vallonia.

Police went to that address after gathering enough information to obtain a search warrant, Goodin said.

An autopsy is planned for Sunday morning in Washington County to determine a cause of death for Dodson, who reported missing Friday morning by a family member. He allegedly was last seen alive on Oct. 20 in Washington, Goodin said.

Officers with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department initially investigated the report of Dodson’s disappearance and later requested assistance from the state police, Goodin said.

Carson was booked into the Washington County Jail in Salem at 7:42 p.m. Friday and was being held on $4,000 bond.

No posts to display