A 70-year-old Scottsburg man was identified as the body found early this morning dead on State Road 56.

The preliminary results from the autopsy revealed the male to be Mitchell Lovins, 70 years of age, from Scottsburg, IN.

The preliminary cause of death was ruled as massive trauma to his body.


An autopsy was completed today on the body found at approximately 3:30 am this morning on State Road #56 near Quaker Lane east of Salem in Washington County.

The preliminary investigation revealed sometime around 3:00 am this morning Lovin’s vehicle, a mini-van, slid off of the roadway going west on State Road #56.

When this occurred, police believe Lovins left his vehicle and started walking east on State Road #56.

According to ISP Sgt. Jerry Goodin, it appears Lovin was struck by another vehicle.

This continues to be a death investigation with investigators still looking for the vehicle which struck and killed Mitchell Lovins.

If anyone has information on this hit and run you are encouraged to contact the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg at 1-800-872-6743 or 812-246-5424.


Between the hours of 3:00 am and 3:30 am, a driver on State Road #56 near Quaker Lane in Washington County spotted a male human body in the roadway. The driver immediately contacted the police.

When troopers arrived at the scene they immediately called for detectives and crime scene investigators.