WARREN COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - On Wednesday afternoon a farmer harvesting his field near the intersection of County Roads 600 North and 900 East in Warren County saw tire tracks through the field. When he followed them he found a car in a ditch. Police said when they arrived they found a body not far from the scene in a wooded area.
"The driver of the car had apparently drove through the field and hit a tree head on," Indiana State Police Sgt. Kim Riley said. "The six airbags in the car were deployed. The person had exited the vehicle, shut the vehicle off and had walked approximately 120, 130 feet from the vehicle."
Riley said the car found on the scene was a rental and had been reported stolen in September. The car was rented by 51-year-old Tracey Rutel of Indianapolis.
"She then failed to return the vehicle and the company then reported it stolen to the Indianapolis Metro Police Department and that's how we found out who the car was rented by," Riley said.
Riley said Rutel was reported missing in Muncie almost two months ago.
"Her daughter lives in Muncie," Riley said. "Her daughter was the last person to see her and she saw her in Muncie near August 20."
Riley said the body could have been in the wooded area for almost two months. An autopsy performed Wednesday in Tippecanoe County was unable to identify the cause of death and identity of the body.
"What we have to do is pull dental records and DNA to try and figure out the exact cause of death and also the identity of the body itself," Riley said.
If you have any information about this case you are asked to contact Indiana State Police.
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