Indiana police find decomposing body in freezer

AP News
Posted: Dec 03, 2012 7:21 PM

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — A man whose body was found in a basement freezer in Indiana had been reported missing by his mother, who told police she hadn't heard from him in nearly a month, investigators said.

Authorities began looking for Alex Shipp, 29, of Kokomo on Saturday after his mother reported him missing. Police wouldn't say what led them to the home where they found his body the next day, saying only that Shipp and the man who lived at the home were "associates."

Police found his badly decomposed but intact body in a freezer that was not plugged in, Kokomo police Maj. Brian Seldon said.

The man who lived at the home, 51-year-old Walter Logan, was being held Monday on a preliminary murder charge. It wasn't immediately clear whether he had an attorney.

"We don't have a motive yet for the slaying," said Seldon, who described Shipp and Logan as "associates."

"Investigators were led to the house by leads that they received when conducting this missing person investigation," he said.

The cause and time of death are still under investigation, Howard County Coroner Jay Price said.

"We're working on that right now," he said.

Shipp's mother, Rebecca Wolf, told police she hadn't heard from her son since Nov. 8. Attempts to reach her were unsuccessful Monday; the telephone number listed in her name has been disconnected.

Kokomo is about 50 miles north of Indianapolis.