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State police called after man found dead at Henry County commissioner’s home

KENNARD, Ind. (WISH) — Indiana State Police were called in Monday night after Henry County sheriff’s deputies found a man dead in the yard of a county commissioner’s home.

Henry County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call around 7:45 p.m. Monday from a passerby about a deceased male outside the home in the 1400 block of North Kennard Road.

Five minutes later, deputies arrived and called the state police for investigation assistance. The home is in a rural area about 2 miles north of the small town of Kennard, about 25 miles east of Indianapolis. State police investigators arrived shortly after 8:35 p.m.

Jay Davis, chief deputy with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, told News 8 by email that the investigation is at the home of County Commissioner Kim Cronk. A former county sheriff, Cronk lost a Republican primary bid to serve beyond 2020.

The death is believed to be an isolated incident and there is no threat to the public, state police said.

The identity of the man found dead was being withheld pending family notification, an autopsy and further investigation, said Davis and a state police news release issued shortly after 11 p.m.

State police and the Henry County Major Investigation Team — personnel from the county sheriff’s office, the county prosecutor’s office and the New Castle police — were investigating. The state police news release also said, “This is all the information currently available for release.”

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