State police arrest second man as part of death investigation

A second person recently was arrested in connection to the death of a Washington County man in the fall, police report.

Justin Todd Shelton, 22, of Salem faces a Level 1 felony charge of dealing in a controlled substance resulting in death.

Indiana State Police Detective Matt Busick requested an arrest warrant for Shelton and took him into custody Friday, according to a news release from Sgt. Carey Huls, public information officer for the Sellersburg Post.

Shelton was taken to the Washington County Jail in Salem, where he is being held without bond.

On Oct. 26, 2018, the body of Jacob Ray Dodson, 22, who lived in the Campbellsburg area, was found in a duffel-style bag under an abandoned mobile home on property at 4301 Wheeler Hollow Road, Vallonia, according to the state police.

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

Jerry Lee Carson Jr., 47, who lives in the Vallonia area in northern Washington County, was arrested on charges of obstruction and failure to report a dead body.

Dodson, who was reported missing the morning of Oct. 25 by a family member, was allegedly last seen alive by Carson on Oct. 20 in Washington County, police 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.

ISP detectives then initiated a death investigation case, and on Nov. 11, a subsequent autopsy and toxicology report revealed Dodson had died as the result of a drug overdose, Huls said.

During the investigation, Busick was led to request an arrest warrant for Shelton at a home in the 304 W. Small St., Salem.

Both Shelton and Carson remain in the Washington County Jail.