Person of Interest Sought In Washington Co. Murder

WASHINGTON COUNTY, IN – This evening, July 25, 2018, detectives from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg released the name of a person of interest in this case. The person of interest is, Michael Joseph Sanders. He is a white male, 34 years of age, 5’-9” tall, 190 pounds, black hair and blue eyes. Michael Joseph Sanders lives at the address where the body was located at 7707 East New Cut Road in Little York.

Michael Joseph Sanders was last seen this past Monday, July 23rd, at around 3:00 pm, at the residence where he lives. He is a person of interest because he lives at the residence and he has not been seen or heard from since the day the body was located. It is unknown where he could be.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Michael Joseph Sanders or sees Michael Joseph Sanders should dial 911.

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An earlier update from today:

WASHINGTON COUNTY, IN – On today’s date, July 25, 2018, an autopsy was performed on the body located in the woods at 7707 East New Cut Road in Little York. The autopsy was unable to make a positive identification of the body. DNA and dental records will now be used in an attempt to positively identify the found body. The autopsy did reveal the preliminary cause of death as a gunshot wound to the head. Toxicology test results are pending.

It is unknown how long it will take to get a positive identification of the body.

With the findings of the autopsy, this case has now been officially classified as a Murder Case.

The previous release, from July 24, 2018, is below.

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, INDIANA – Yesterday morning, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department requested assistance from detectives from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg in searching for a missing person around the Little York area of Washington County.

Skyler NaugleAs part of their search for Skyler Naugle, 35, from Washington County, officers visited 7707 East New Cut Road in Little York. As officers began speaking with an occupant of the property they gained enough information to believe Skyler Naugle had been to the property before he went missing. At this point, they obtained permission to search the property from an owner and they also obtained a search warrant.

While searching the property officers located a body in a wooded area near the home. The body was not recognizable enough to prove an identity and an autopsy is planned for Wednesday in Washington County, to determine an identity and cause of death.

The missing person, Skyler Naugle, is still being looked for. He is a white male, 35 years of age, 5’-7” tall, with brown hair and brown eyes, (a photo is attached). There is a good possibility that the found body is that of Skyler Naugle however until an autopsy is performed and positive identification is made nothing can be determined.

Skyler Naugle was reported missing this past Saturday, July 21st by family members and was last seen on Monday, July 16th in the early morning hours in the Little York area of Washington County.

This investigation is a death investigation. After the autopsy and a confirmation of the cause of death is made this status could obviously change.

Anyone with information regarding the missing person Skyler Naugle or the body found is encouraged to contact the Indiana State Police at 1-800-872-6743 or the Washington County Sheriff’s Department at 812-883-5999.

The Washington County Coroner’s Office and Prosecutor’s Office are assisting in the investigation.

This investigation is continuing.