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Autopsies of the three murder victims in Washington Co. set for today

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SALEM, Ind. (NETWORK INDIANA): Three people who had given Richard Lee Burton, Jr., a place to stay were murdered and Indiana State Police believe he’s the one who did it. Just why it happened is not yet clear, said Sgt. Jerry Goodin, at a news conference Monday in Sellersburg.

Burton was found dead in his truck Monday at 8:00 a.m., in Monroe County. Goodin did not say how Burton died, but said that information will have to come from the Monroe County coroner.

“We believe that Richard Lee Burton, Jr, is responsible for the three deaths inside the home on Beck’s Mill Rd.,” said Goodin. But, he could not say how the three died, or what there names were, leaving that up to the Washington County coroner.

He did say they were two males and one female, but did not offer ages or relationships, again leaving that information for later in the investigation.

The murders happened in a house on Beck’s Mill Rd., about 14 miles from Salem in Washington County. The family was last heard from Saturday night at around 8. Goodin said Salem Police got a phone call asking for someone to check on the family and that when deputies arrived around 4:30 p.m. Sunday, they found the bodies.

State Police put out a news release that they wanted to speak to Burton, who had been a guest in the house and was missing.

His body was found in a horse park near Bloomington.

Even though Burton is dead, and State Police believe he was the killer, they are not closing the investigation. They still have to piece together what happened in the house.

Goodin said if they gather any additional information to make them change their minds about how the murders went down, they will likely hold another news conference.

Meanwhile, autopsies of the three murder victims are scheduled for June 6 in Washington County.

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