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6/6/2017 - UPDATE 2 on Washington County murder investigation - Click here to print this information

From Indiana State Police -

Three People Found Dead in Washington CountyKiller and/or Killers still on the Loose

Washington County-This morning autopsies were completed on the three victims found inside a home located at 5582 South Becks Mill Road, Salem, (rural Washington County), this past Sunday evening. The autopsies were performed in Salem under the direction of the Washington County Coroner, Peg Shell. The autopsies provided positive identifications of the victims and gave detectives preliminary causes of death to all three victims. Note, all three victims lived at the same address which is listed above. The locations where the bodies were found in the home will not be released.

Richard Lee Burton, Jrs autopsy is being performed in Terre Haute, IN and all information from that autopsy will have to be provided by the Monroe County Sheriffs Department or the Monroe County Coroners Office.

Victim 1-Danny G. Newlin, 5/31/1959, preliminary cause of death is gunshot wounds.

Victim 2-Kelley Kay Newlin, 8/19/1975, preliminary cause of death is gunshot wound.

Victim 3-Austin Newlin, 2/6/2003, preliminary cause of death is gunshot wounds.

The relationship of the victims is father, mother and son.

These autopsies are preliminary and will not be official until Toxicology results are completed which typically take up to six weeks.

Below are copies of the original news release and the first update release.


Three People Found Dead in Washington CountyKiller and/or Killers still on the Loose

Washington County-This morning shortly after 8:00 am, the Monroe County, IN Sheriffs Department received a tip that Richard Lee Burton, Jrs vehicle was parked at the Blackwell Horse Camp in Monroe County near State Road 446. When deputies approached the vehicle they found a body believed to be that of Richard Lee Burton, Jr. deceased in his vehicle. The official confirmation of identification on Richard Lee Burton, Jr will be made by the Monroe County Coroners Office.

This investigation is continuing but, information discovered from last nights investigation by Indiana State Police Detectives lead investigators to believe Richard Lee Burton, Jr. was responsible for the deaths of all three victims located inside of the residence at 5882 South Becks Mill Road in rural Washington County. If information is discovered that changes this belief, Indiana State Police Detectives will obviously follow those leads.

The cause of death to Richard Lee Burton, Jr will be released by the Monroe County Coroner. The information on the identities and causes of death to the three bodies located on Becks Mill Road will not be released until the autopsies are completed in Salem tomorrow morning.


Three People Found Dead in Washington CountyKiller and/or Killers still on the Loose

Police need Publics Assistance

Washington County-Around 4:30 pm on yesterday's date, the Washington County Sheriffs Department did a welfare check at a residence located at 5882 South Becks Mill Road, in rural Washington County, (approximately fourteen miles from the City of Salem). The welfare check was the result of a phone call with the caller being worried about the well-being of the occupants of the residence.

When a deputy arrived at the residence and upon knocking on the door he noticed a deceased person inside of the residence. Other police officers arrived at the scene and a search of the residence was completed with officers locating two other bodies inside of the home.

The Washington County Sheriffs Department requested the assistance of Indiana State Police Detectives and Indiana State Police Crime Scene Investigators who have assumed the investigation.

At this time, officers are looking for a person of interest in this investigation. Officers are looking for Richard Lee Burton, Junior, a 47 year old white male. He has long brown hair, sometimes worn in a ponytail, 5-09 tall with blue eyes. Richard Lee Burton was residing at the residence where the crime took place. Two photos of Richard Lee Burton Jr. are attached to this release.

Information received during the initial investigation reveals Richard Lee Burton, Jr. could be involved in the deaths or could know something about the deaths of the three deceased victims inside of the home. He should also be considered armed and dangerous.

Initial information also leads officers to believe Richard Lee Burton, Jr. could be enroute to the states of Tennessee, Missouri or Texas. He is believed to be driving a blue 1997 Dodge Ram 4x4 2500 extended cab pickup truck. The truck could possibly have a black or dark blue camper shell. The vehicle should be bearing Indiana license plate, TK641MUK. An actual photo of the vehicle is attached to this release.

If anyone knows the location of Richard Lee Burton, Jr or sees him or his vehicle, they should contact 911 immediately.

The identities of the victims and their causes of death will not be released until autopsies are performed in Salem Indiana. These autopsies are scheduled for Tuesday morning.

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