Death Investigation Underway In Parke County

PARKE COUNTY, Ind – Thursday around 2:25 p.m. the Parke County Sheriffs Department and the Indiana State Police began a death investigation.

Police say that the victim is a 57-year-old Newport, Indiana, man that was found at Rose Valley Apartment Complex, in Rosedale

The preliminary investigation shows that the 57-year-old male was causing a disturbance at the Rose Valley Apartment Complex.  The disturbance was so severe that police were called and when officers arrived it appeared that the man was mentally unstable.

Officers say that it was determined that the male needed an immediate emergency detention for mental health issues. 

They say that as they began to detain the man, he went into physical distress. 

First aid and other life-saving procedures were used but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy is scheduled for this afternoon in Terre Haute.

Police say that they expect to make a positive identification at that time and at some point determine the cause and manner of death. That could take several weeks or months.

Once the investigation is complete, it will be submitted to the Parke County Prosecutor’s office for review and action if necessary.