2012-09-04 / Front Page

Father And Son Found Deceased In Rural Putnam County Home


ISP Detectives continue to investigate the deaths of a father and son inside this home, located on West County Road 450 South in Reelsville. (Photo Courtesy of ISP) ISP Detectives continue to investigate the deaths of a father and son inside this home, located on West County Road 450 South in Reelsville. (Photo Courtesy of ISP) Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division at the Putnamville Post continue to investigate the deaths of a father and son found inside their rural Putnam County home located at 6503 West County Road 450 South, Reelsville.

The victims have been identified as Kevin Boatright, age 40, and his 14-year-old son, Jeremy Boatright.

Putnam County E-911 received the call from a family member at 1:35 p.m. on Wednesday, August 29. The family member went to the residence for a visit and found the bodies located in the northwest bedroom of the home. Putnam County Sheriff’s deputies were first to arrive and then requested assistance from the Putnamville Post after receiving information that state police detectives initiated a criminal investigation yesterday afternoon involving Kevin Boatright as a person of interest.

On August 28, Indiana State Police started an investigation of Kevin Boatright by speaking with him in person at his home about an allegation he had contributed to the delinquency of two female juveniles under the age of 18. Based on the initial investigation there was insufficient information to result in an immediate arrest and the investigation was continuing.

Preliminary indications are that Jeremy Boatright succumbed to an apparent gunshot wound and Kevin Boatright succumbed to an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Autopsies were performed August 30 at the Terre Haute Regional Hospital by Pathologist Dr. Roland Kohr.

Putnam County Chief Deputy Coroner Dave Brown listed Jeremy Boatright’s cause of death as a single gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death was a homicide. Kevin Boatright’s cause of death was identified as a single gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death was a suicide.

Toxicology tests for the father and son are pending and could take up to eight weeks for the final results.

The Indiana State Police investigation into the shootings will remain active until review of the toxicology results.

The state police investigation related to allegations of contributing to the delinquency of two females under the age of 18 will not conclude until forensic examination of electronic evidence from the Boatright home are completed and a determination has been made there are no other suspects.

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