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ISP: Human remains found in multiple Jennings County locations leads to man’s arrest

(Provided Photo/Indiana State Police)

JENNINGS COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — Police believe they have solved a murder in Jennings County.

Indiana State Police say Alan Marantos, 34, killed Brian Kirby, 52, in late March. Both men are from North Vernon.

The investigation began on March 28 after Kirby’s family reported him missing.

Police believe Marantos attacked at a home on Primrose Court near North Vernon on March 27. Police say he loaded Kirby’s body into a vehicle, burned his body at another location, then left his remains at several spots around Jennings County.

Investigators at ISP’s lab recently discovered the remains matched Kirby’s DNA.

Marantos faces charges of murder, robbery, aggravated battery, abuse of a corpse, obstruction of justice and intimidation.

Marantos was already incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail after being arrested on a robbery warrant on April 2. Police say that case also comes with charges of possession of methamphetamine, resisting law enforcement and leaving the scene of a crash.

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