ISP Sellersburg Post conducting a death investigation after a body of a Jackson County man was found in a pond

WASHINGTON CO. – Saturday, July 30, 2022: At approximately 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Officers from the Washington County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police (ISP) Trooper Kevin Bowling responded to the 11000 block of Haleysburg Road in northern Washington County after a resident reported finding a body in a pond.

A short time later, Detective Sergeant Dave Mitchell, Detective Mike Bennett, and ISP Crime Scene Technician Sergeant Phil D’Angelo also responded to investigate.  

ISP Divers assisting with the search

When officers arrived, they observed the body of a deceased male located at the edge of a pond on private property. As part of the investigation, ISP divers assisted detectives by searching the pond for any items potentially related to the case.

Investigators state the case is currently a death investigation as they continue to gather any possible evidence and conduct interviews. An autopsy was performed on Sunday morning through the Washington County Coroner’s Office; however, a cause of death has not yet been determined. 

ISP Crime Scene Technician on the scene

The deceased male has been identified as 32-year-old Jesse J. Acton, of Jackson County.

This investigation is ongoing.   

The Washington County Sheriff’s Department, the Washington County Coroner’s Office, the Monroe Township Volunteer Fire Department, and the Jefferson Township Volunteer Fire Department assisted Troopers at the scene.