Police: Arrest made after woman’s body found in Hancock County

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Billy Paschal

NEW PALESTINE, Ind. (Sept. 4, 2015) — Investigators in Hancock County arrested a man after a woman’s body was found Thursday near a nature preserve.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department confirmed Billy Paschal, 61, was in custody in connection with the death of Theodosia Regina Queen, 62, of Indianapolis. Charges against him include failure to report a dead body (misdemeanor) and violent or suspicious death of person; failing to notify authorities of discovery of body or moving a body from the scene (felony).

Theodosia Regina Queen

Theodosia Regina Queen

Queen’s body was discovered near 1600 South, 600 West Thursday afternoon, by the Jacob Schramm Nature Preserve. A family discovered the body near a bench about 15 feet from the road and called 911.

An autopsy conducted Friday showed Queen didn’t die as a result of trauma or a medical condition. Investigators said toxicology results are pending and would provide additional insight into the manner of death.

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