3 bodies found at rural Indiana home; man sought

Person of interest sought after 3 found dead in southern Indiana house

"A man that saw the news accounts happened by and thought that vehicle was the one that police were looking for, and called it in", Monroe County Sheriff Brad Swain said.

A man wanted in connection with a triple homicide in Washington County, Indiana, has been found dead. Once at the scene, they noticed a deceased person near the front door inside the house.

State Police said in a news release that they believe the body is Burton and that he was responsible for the three deaths.

Indiana State Police said 47-year-old Richard Lee Burton Jr. killed three people inside a home on South Becks Mill Road, about 14 miles from Salem, Indiana, on Sunday afternoon.

Officers say Burton lived in the house where the bodies were found. He is believed to be driving a 1997 blue Dodge Ram 4x4 2500 extended cab pickup truck with IN license plate TK641MUK. He should be considered armed and unsafe, police said. Other officers arrived at the scene and a search resulted in officers locating two other bodies inside of the home. Just after 8 a.m. Monday, the Monroe County Sheriff's Department received a tip that said a man matching Burton's description was inside that pickup truck, parked at the Blackwell Horse Camp near State Road 446. The vehicle license plate is TK641MUK.

At this time, officers are looking for a person of interest in this investigation.

Further details including their names and cause of death will be released after autopsies are completed Tuesday, Sgt.

If anyone knows the location of Richard Lee Burton, Jr or sees him or his vehicle, they should contact 911 immediately.The identities of the victims and their causes of death will not be released until autopsies are performed in Salem, Indiana.

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