Officials find human remains in Montgomery County

Authorities received tip from 1996 homicide

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ind. - An autopsy could not confirm the identity of human remains found in a barn Tuesday night.

Officials found the remains at a farm in the southeastern corner of Montgomery County while executing a search warrant.

Officials were acting on information they received concerning a 1996 homicide investigation in Hamilton County.

The suspect in the case, John Smith, was convicted, but the body was never recovered.

Officials said the remains in the barn might be related to the Smith case, but they won't say for sure until the remains are identified.

Friends of Carmel businessman Craig Roberts think the body is his. He was last seen in Nov. 1996 and his employee, Smith, was convicted of his murder.

"I think their opinion is we asked him what he did with Craig's body, he told us, we went there. It was there, or a body was there. And along with skeletal remains, they retrieved running shoes that were favored by my friend and that makes me think, OK, all of this comes together, that's Craig's body," said friend Bill Warrick.

An autopsy was performed Wednesday in Terre Haute, Ind., but officials said it was "inconclusive."

Investigators will turn to DNA and dental records to try to identify the remains.

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