The trailer home of Roy Napier where he and
three family members were found dead
Sunday. A neighbor, Henry Smith, was found
dead in his home across the street.
AJ Mast/Associated Press
(Brookville, Ind.) - Police remain tight-lipped with details on five people found dead in western Franklin County, but many in the rural community are still on edge.
It’s perhaps the largest number of people killed in one incident in Franklin County history.
The bodies were found Sunday at two neighboring homes on Stipps Hill Road west of Metamora.
Indiana State Police detectives said although numerous tips have been received, the investigation which has gone on non-stop for more than 30 hours has been slow. It’s unclear if the killer is among those dead or remains at-large.
“We still do not have a person or persons of interest. We still do not have a suspect or suspects,” said state police Sgt. Jerry Goodin.
Many folks in the area say the home where four family members were found dead was notorious for drug activity.
Indiana State Police Sergeant Jerry Goodin wouldn’t confirm that during a press conference Monday evening.
“I can’t say it is or it ain’t, because the reason why is obviously this is an ongoing investigation. So right not I’m going to steer away from that question,” Goodin said.
Franklin County deputies had been called before to the home where four of the bodies were found, but would not specify why.
“I am just going to say that they have been to that address before,” Sheriff Kenneth Murphy said, adding that
Various news outlets, including the Associated Press, have identified the people found dead through their family members and friends. The four found dead at 24015 Stipps Hill Road were Roy Napier, his estranged wife Angela Napier and their two grown children, Jake and Melissa Napier.
The fifth victim, Henry Smith, was reportedly found at his home across the street at 24030 Stipps Hill.
The Franklin County Coroner will not release information on the five victims until autopsies are completed at the Marion County Coroner’s Office in Indianapolis Tuesday. Four of the five autopsies were done Monday.
Area residents are asked to remain vigilant.
“People out here in the community who know what happened or may have seen something, please don’t be afraid to give us a call. That’s what we’re relying on right now,” Murphy said.
Depending on what police determine on how the victims died, the case could also turn out to be the first homicide investigation in the county since 2006.
Metamora resident William J. Wilson shot and killed his half-brother at a home on Webber Road, about four miles east of Stipps Hill Road – the scene of Sunday’s massacre – as the crow flies. Wilson was convicted of murder in a 2007 jury trial in Franklin Circuit Court.