WAYNESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) - The Bartholomew County sheriff said on Tuesday his investigators are considering a quadruple homicide drug-related.
Sheriff Mark Gorbett spoke briefly to the media Tuesday at noon and addressed widespread speculation that the murders were tied to drugs.
"In fact, we are considering these deaths drug-related," Gorbett said.
Gorbett said the son who discovered the bodies Saturday night is not considered a suspect. The sheriff's department has interviewed two persons of interest, but no arrests have been made.
Bartholomew County Coroner Larry Fisher says the four victims that were killed inside a Waynesville home Saturday died from multiple gunshot wounds.
During the afternoon news conference, Fisher described the murders as "violent" and "brutal."
Police said Thomas Smith, 39, and his girlfriend, 53 year-old Katheryn Burton, were shot to death inside the Waynesville home. Investigators also found the bodies of 41-year-old Aaron Cross and 41-year-old Shawn Burton.
Fisher says initially, he thought they died from single gunshot wounds, but after performing autopsies, he said the victims died of multiple gunshot wounds. Katheryn Burton also suffered multiple stab wounds.
Forensic analysis is still ongoing. Authorities recovered a rifle from the scene but need that analysis to know if it was the weapon used in the murders.
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