A report of a possible murder victim stashed underneath a trailer north of Winamac turned out to be a false alarm after the person was found safe in Starke County. Yesterday morning two men went to the Starke County Sheriff’s Office, told officials there they had spent the night at the trailer, and people in the house had discussed the murder.
Starke County officials contacted the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, and they all went to the trailer. The occupants consented to a search of the home and surrounding area. No body was found, but officers did discover illegal pills and methamphetamine, according to a news release from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office. A young child was also at the home. William Paul Clemons, 32, of Knox; Samanta Sue Clemons, 24, of Knox; and Patrina Diana Hall, 32, of Winamac, face possession of methamphetamine, minor endangered in a place for drugs, maintaining and visiting a common nuisance and possession of a controlled substance charges. Meanwhile, officials from the Starke County Sheriff’s Office found the alleged murder victim alive and well. Pulaski County Sheriff Mike Gayer believes the murder story was the result of drug use and the paranoid state it creates.