Man arrested in connection with body found in Madison County woods

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James "Brady" Helms

UPDATE (Sept. 19, 2017) — James Helms was found guilty of altering the scene of a death in August 2017. He was sentenced to 18 months in jail followed by 12 months in community corrections.

MADISON COUNTY, Ind. – A man was arrested Monday in connection with the body that was found in a wooded area in Madison County Sunday.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Department says 35-year-old Billy C. Emberton was found near the intersection of County Road 500 East and County Road 1450 North around 2 p.m. They found him around 50 feet north of the intersection.

Multiple leads led investigators to a home in the 1100 block of Church Street in Summitville, which is where officers believe Emberton died last Thursday.

Billy C. Emberton

Billy C. Emberton

Investigators say a man who lives in the home, 40-year-old James “Brady” Helms, removed Emberton’s body and moved it to the wooded area.

Helms was charged with unauthorized disposal of a dead body (Level 6 Felony) and obstruction of justice (Level 6 Felony). He was later detained at the Madison County Detention Center on a $5,000 bond.

Emberton’s cause of death remains under investigation. Toxicology reports are pending and should be available in the coming weeks.

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