JASPER and NEWTON COUNTIES, Ind. (WLFI) - UPDATE: Jasper County Coroner Andrew Boersma tells News 18 that the murder victim died due to multiple gunshot wounds to the head. Derek Bobby's autopsy was completed Monday.
A 21-year-old man is sitting in jail this week after, detectives say, he killed his friend during a drunken dispute.
According to the Jasper County Sheriff's Office, at roughly 11:40 a.m. Friday, a woman called dispatchers to report that her brother was found dead at a home on County Road 1100 North in rural Jasper County near the town of DeMotte, Ind.
When deputies arrived, they say they found a male in the bedroom of the residence who had been dead for several hours with severe head trauma. Investigators identified the man as 23-year-old Derek Bobby, and determined his death had occurred under suspicious circumstances.
A full crime-scene investigation was launched, complete with interviews of family members and area neighbors. Deputies discovered that Bobby may have been dead for at least 24 hours before being discovered. They say Bobby was alone at the family residence as other family members were away on vacation.
During the interviews, detectives learned the identity of a possible suspect who had been at the residence during the time of Bobby's death. A close friend of the suspect, 21-year-old Cameron Sifrer of DeMotte, said Sifrer had been at the home when the victim was killed.
The sheriff's office said interviews and further investigation led to the Sunday arrest of Sifrer at a Newton County home. He was booked in the Jasper County Jail.
Investigators say in a Sunday afternoon interview with the suspect, Sifrer confessed to killing the victim after the two had "partied together" and a verbal dispute had erupted and ended in violence.
An autopsy on Bobby will be conducted Monday through the Jasper County Coroner's Office and the investigation into his death is ongoing.
The sheriff's office said in a press release: "Sheriff (Terry) Risner would like to take this time to commend the dedicated work by the Jasper County Sheriff's detectives, deputies and the law enforcement community in Jasper County and Newton County for bringing this terrible tragedy to a swift closure."
Sifrer is being held at the Jasper County Jail on a charge of murder with no bond.
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