GREENSBURG, Ind. - Police in southeastern Indiana on Wednesday were trying to piece together the final hours of a man who apparently shot and killed his 14-year-old son and them himself.
Gregory Hall, 44, and his son Tyler Hall were found dead in a car in a Greensburg park late Tuesday, police Detective Bill Meyerrose said. Police found a handgun in the vehicle, and they suspect the two died in a murder-suicide.
Greensburg is a rural city of about 11,000 people about 40 miles southeast of Indianapolis.
Meyerrose told the Greensburg Daily News that Hall, who lives in Rushville, picked up his son after school Tuesday, as he usually does. The boy's mother, Amy Stainbrook, lives in Greensburg and he was a student at Greensburg Junior High School.
Rush County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Terry Drake said his department in Rushville, north of Greensburg, was contacted at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Family members told authorities that they were unable to reach Hall, who they suspected might be suicidal.
"They then went to his residence and found some documentation that may have indicated that he intended to harm himself," Meyerrose said.
Drake said deputies tracked Hall to Greensburg via his cellphone.
Officials were in the process of creating an Amber Alert, but the bodies were found before an alert was issued.
Detectives met with Tyler’s mother who said the boy and his dad had a good relationship.
Autopsies were scheduled for Thursday in Marion County.
Greensburg Community Schools Resource Officer Bruce Copple said teachers and administrators were briefed about the situation before classes started Wednesday, and that extra counselors were brought in to help students and teachers.