Still No Suspects; No Murder Weapon Yet Found In Darin Atkins Murder Case

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Jasper (NNDC) – The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department says its investigation into the murder of rural Birdseye resident 49-year old Darin Atkins (pictured) has no suspects and it was released today, no murder weapon has been found by authorities.

Sgt. Tom Kleinhelter, the lead investigator for DCSD, did tell a Wednesday afternoon news conference at the Dubois County Security Center, at least 10 people are known to have been in Atkins’ home in the 1300 block of Hart’s Gravel Road, between the time he was killed and the time DCSD was notified of the death.  Police are not saying if any of those 10 were in the home the night before.

Kleinhelter did say Atkins lived alone at the time of his death.  His on-again, off-again girlfriend was the one who called Dubois County 911 to report a dead man in the home.  That was at about 2pm Wednesday, July 19th.

Kleinhelter says none of those known to have been in the house from the time Atkins died to the 911 call have been ruled out as suspects.  Kleinhelter did not say how much time had passed between the time of death and the 911 call, but he did say it was a ‘considerable amount of time.

He did acknowledge that many of those that went to the house went after rumors started spreading around town that Atkins’ was dead and may have assumed someone else had contacted police.

Atkins died from internal bleeding in his head and multiple skull fractures caused by force from a large blunt object according to Dubois County Coroner Bob Veatch.

Kleinhelter says investigators have received at least 50 leads in the case, but acknowledge his department has not learned “the whole story” from the witnesses they talked to.  “There’s more to this case than we’ve been told so far,” he said.  Investigators are looking for the final pieces of “the puzzle” surrounding Atkins’ murder.

Kleinhelter, and Dubois County Sheriff Donny Lampert are still asking if anyone knows anything about the incident or were in the vicinity of Atkins’ home that Wednesday afternoon to call DCSD.  Kleinhelter’s phone number is 812-482-3522 x4.  Both assured that all calls can and will remain anonymous.

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Indiana State Police crime scene technicians at the home of Darin Atkins northeast of Birdseye on July 20, 2017, the day after his dead body was found in the house.

 

 

 

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