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Brown County man held in murder

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Police are investigating the shooting death of a man with Johnson County ties.

Jamie Simpson, 31, who has family in Edinburgh, was found dead Monday morning in an alley near downtown Indianapolis. A Brown County man, Benjamin Munn, 38, has been arrested on a charge of murder.

The Marion County Coroner’s Office said the preliminary cause of death was due to a single gunshot wound, according to a news release from the Brown County Sheriff’s Department.

Munn lives on property police searched this week as part of the death investigation. Police searched the 44-acre, wooded property in the 4700 block of Peoga Road in Brown County just across the Johnson County line for more than eight hours Tuesday.

“We believe that this person had been here at some point and that there may have been some type of an altercation,” Brown County Sheriff Rick Followell said about Simpson.

His body was discovered Monday when a resident noticed a pair of boots behind trash cans and saw a person on the ground, Marion County chief deputy coroner Alfarena Ballew said.

Simpson was not carrying any identification, she said. He was identified by his fingerprints. An autopsy and toxicology tests have been performed, but results were not immediately available.

His family was notified in Nineveh and Edinburgh, according to Ballew and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. It’s unclear where Simpson was living at the time of his death.

Simpson had been missing since Saturday night. Brown County police initially treated the case as a missing person investigation until they learned of his death midway through their search Tuesday morning on Peoga Road.

Police secured a search warrant for the house on the property and also for the vehicle in which Munn was riding when he was stopped Tuesday night.

Munn’s initial hearing has been set for 2:30 p.m. today in Brown Circuit Court in Nashville.

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