Madison County jail officer strangled, person of interest in custody

Posted at 11:43 AM, Dec 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-10 11:22:13-05

MADISON COUNTY, Ind. -- The Madison County Coroner says a jail officer who was killed late Thursday evening died of strangulation. 

Officers were called ot a home in the 3600 block of IN-38 near Markleville around 11:30 p.m. 

Witnesses told police that two men were sitting around a bonfire at the house when some kind of fight broke out after shots were fired, according to Indiana State Police. 

When ISP troopers arrived, they found Uriah Wilson, 29, dead at the scene. Police believe he had been visiting the house where the incident happened. 

It was originally reported that Wilson had been shot to death but an autopsy revealed that he had died of strangulation. 

Uriah had worked at the Madison County Jail for five years, most recently as a supervisor. 

Joseph Hartley, 29, remains in custody as a person of interest in the death investigation. No charges have been filed at this time.

Indiana State Police say their findings will be turned over to the Madison County Prosecutor's office for review and possible charges. 

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