Police: Man found dead in fridge in Kokomo home had sex, used drugs with man accused in slaying

Man had been missing since early November

KOKOMO, Ind. - A man whose body was found in a refrigerator in the basement of a Kokomo home and the man accused of killing him had sex and used drugs together before his death, police said.

The body of Alex Shipp, 29, who family members said they hadn't seen since Nov. 8, was found Sunday in the basement of a home in the 800 block of East Elm Street.

Working on a tip, officers went to the home Sunday and were greeted by Walter Logan, 51.

"I've been waiting for you," he told the officers, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The officers, who said the home smelled of a decomposing body, asked Logan if Shipp was in the home.

"Yes he is," he said, according to the affidavit. "In the basement, I put him in the freezer."

Officers went into the basement, where they found Shipp's body in an unplugged refrigerator that had been tipped on its side and held closed with a brick, according to the affidavit.

Logan told police he had known Shipp for two years and that they had a sexual relationship.

According to the affidavit, Logan told police that Shipp had come over to his house about four weeks ago and that they drank, did drugs and had sex.

After sex, Logan said Shipp became belligerent and wanted to fight with him, and pair scuffled, according to the affidavit.

Logan told police he used duct tape to bind Shipp's hands and feet and to cover his nose and mouth, and that he then went to bed.

The next morning, Logan waited about seven hours before carrying Shipp's body into the basement and placing him in the fridge, according to the affidavit.

An autopsy showed that Shipp died of suffocation.

Logan was arrested Monday on a preliminary charge of murder.

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