A suspect in the death of a Brown County man was arrested Tuesday afternoon in Bartholomew County.
Benjamin Munn, 38, was arrested on a charge of murder at 5:50 p.m. Tuesday in Bartholomew County in the death of Jamie Simpson, 31. Simpson was found dead Monday morning in an alley near downtown Indianapolis.
His body was discovered Monday when a resident noticed a pair of boots behind trashcans and saw a person on the ground, Marion County chief deputy coroner Alfarena Ballew said.
Simpson was not carrying any identification, she said. He was identified by his fingerprints. An autopsy and toxicology tests have been performed, but results were not immediately available. The preliminary cause of death was a single gunshot wound, according to a news release from the Brown County Sheriff’s
Simpson had been missing since Saturday night. Brown County police initially treated the case as a missing person investigation and had enlisted the help of police in surrounding communities including Nashville Police Department and the sheriff’s departments in Bartholomew and Shelby counties.
Police searched a 44-acre, wooded property owned by Munn in the 4700 block of Peoga Road in Brown County just across the Johnson County line for more than eight hours Tuesday.
“We believe that this person had been here at some point and that there may have been some type of an altercation,” Brown County Sheriff Rick Followell said about Simpson.
Police secured a search warrant for the house on the property and also for Munn’s vehicle.
Police in surrounding counties were on the alert for Munn’s vehicle. Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Greg Duke located the car, driving in southwestern Bartholomew County, said Maj. Todd Noblitt, spokesman for the sheriff’s department. Duke began following the car and called for backup. When the car’s driver recognized the deputy was behind him, the driver made an abrupt turn, tried to make a U-turn in a driveway and came to a stop in a yard on County Road 700S, west of State Road 58.
Duke drew his weapon and ordered the car’s occupants out of the vehicle. Munn and a female passenger complied. Brown County deputies arrived and took custody of the two.
The passenger, Tabitha Moore, 31, of Brown County, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for check deception from Lawrence County.
Munn is being held without bond in the Brown County Jail. Munn’s initial hearing has been set for 2:30 p.m. today in Brown Circuit Court in Nashville.
The Brown County Democrat and Johnson County Daily Journal contributed to this report.