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Last updated on Friday, February 8, 2013
(LINTON) - Late Monday evening, a man suffering with severe burns over most of his body was admitted into Greene County General Hospital.
The Greene County Daily World reports that the admission has sparked an investigation involving the Linton Police Department and the Indiana State Police into the cause of the man's injuries.
According to a probable cause affidavit the hospital contacted the Linton Police Department with concern that the injuries sustained were related to the making of meth.
The man, whose name is not being released at this time, was later airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital and was reported to be in critical condition.
At 1:04 a.m. on Tuesday, Linton police were called to a restaurant in Linton about an unresponsive person in a vehicle.
When they arrived, they found a man asleep in a pickup truck and noticed the passenger side of the truck had sustained a large amount of damage from a recent fire.
The man, whose name is not being released, told police he and a friend were filling a lighter with fluid when it spilled and then when they lit a cigarette it caused the fire.
Late Tuesday afternoon, the court approved a request for a search warrant issued for the purpose of searching the truck to look for controlled substances, precursors and other ingredients used in the manufacture of meth along with equipment, paraphernalia, clothing, accelerants, burn samples, fabric samples and lighters.
The affidavit, filed to support the need for a search warrant, prepared by ISP Trooper Brad Stille, says after the injured man was engulfed in flames in the truck, the driver allegedly dropped him off at his parents' house and the parents of the injured man took him to the hospital.
According to the affidavit, an LPD officer had seen the driver washing the truck at a Linton car wash, prior to the incident at the restaurant, and the truck smelled a chemical odor coming from the truck.
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