Grant county death investigation now a homicide case, arrest made


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GRANT COUNTY, Ind. — A 38-year-old man has implicated himself in the investigation of a badly burnt body that was found in Grant County.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office says it’s arrested Don Lamley from Blackford County for his connection to a car fire that occurred on Friday.

Lamley was brought in for questioning after he matched the description of a suspect who was seen near the car fire on County Road 1125 South.

Grant County Coroner Stephen Dorsey has identified the victim as 26-year-old Jeremy A. Overla, of Hartford City. The cause of death was found to be blunt force injuries to the head.

During the interview with detectives, Lamley confessed to hiding in the back seat of Overla’s truck until Overla entered and striking him on the head multiple times with his fist and a hammer before trying to destroy the evidence in Grant County by burning the vehicle.

Lamley was arrested and taken into custody by the Blackford County Sheriff’s Office.

Formal homicide charges are expected to be filed soon.


GRANT COUNTY, Ind. — Police are trying to figure out what happened leading up to a vehicle fire that claimed the life of one person.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Department said dispatchers received a call at 9:48 Friday morning about a vehicle fire on County Road 1125 South on Wheeling Pike. When fire crews arrived, they found a body in a Dodge truck that was burnt beyond recognition.

The department said deputies learned that there was a man seen in the area of the vehicle fire. He was in his mid to late 40s with a heavy build and a gray medium-length beard and gray receding hair. Police want to talk to him to find out what he might know about the incident.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Grant County Sheriff’s Department at 765-662-9836.

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