Police looking for suspect who struck barricades

The sheriff’s officers is searching for a driver who couldn’t wait for the reopening of County Road 400S.

Someone struck barricades on either side of the redone Grave in the Road on Wednesday afternoon. Investigators are looking at a piece that may have fallen off of the driver’s car to help narrow down a suspect, Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox said.

“We should be able to identify what type of vehicle it came off of,” he said.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene just after 5 p.m. Wednesday by family members of Nancy Kerlin Barnett — who is buried at the site — who discovered the damaged barriers.

This is the second act of vandalism to occur around the gravesite this summer, Cox said. Earlier, someone had moved some of the Johnson County Highway Department equipment that was being used to redo that area of the road. The road reopened Friday after being closed for about four months while a project was done to protect the gravesite from traffic and make the area safer for vehicles to drive through.

Besides striking the barricades, nothing else at the gravesite was damaged, Cox said.

Ryan Trares is a reporter for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at rtrares@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2727.