Divers searched a lake in southern Bartholomew County for a knife used in the stabbing of a 28-year-old Indianapolis man.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources and Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department divers were combing the bottom of the Grouse Ridge Fishing Area Thursday using a metal detector and their hands to search for a small knife used in a stabbing incident.

The sheriff’s department received a 911 call from a home near the fishing area at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday where Ashley Horn, 29, Columbus, told officers her estranged husband, Tyler Horn, 32, 5064 Vance St., had attacked and stabbed a male friend of hers at the fishing area.

Tyler Horn
Tyler Horn

Ashley Horn was at the end of the dam along the shore of the Grouse Ridge lake with Philleep Dunn, 28, Indianapolis, when the incident happened, said Bartholomew County Sheriff Capt. Chris Roberts, who leads the sheriff’s department detectives division. Divers were searching the water along the dam shoreline for a small knife that Tyler Horn is believed to have used in the stabbing, which occurred somewhere on top of the dam, Roberts said.

After the incident, Tyler Horn fled from the scene and Ashley Horn and Dunn walked to a nearby house to call 911 because cell service is spotty in the lake area, Roberts said. Dunn was transported by Lifeline helicopter to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis Wednesday and is listed in stable condition, hospital officials said.

A search ensued for Tyler Horn, who called investigators and turned himself in the early evening Wednesday, Roberts said. He is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail without bond, jail officials said.

The DNR initially identified him as Taylor Horn but the jail corrected his first name on Thursday.

Thursday’s search for the knife involved 11 divers, including four from the sheriff’s department and the rest DNR officers from nearby counties.

“We’re looking for a very small item in a large area,” said Corp. Jet Quillen, who works in DNR’s law enforcement division out of Indianapolis.

For more on this story, see Friday’s Republic.


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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.