Two from Salem are dead after an early morning incident being investigated as a double homicide by the Indiana State Police.
Valerie E Dicus, 37, and Joseph R. Hobson, 36, both of 304 West Small Street, were pronounced dead this morning at St. Vincent Hospital in Salem.
The cause of death has not been released at this time, although police suspect foul play.
A family member found the Salem couple unresponsive shortly after midnight and called 911.
According to ISP Sgt. Jerry Goodin, the Salem Police Department responded to the 911 call about 12:30a Saturday morning.
“The Salem Police Department responded to the 911 call in which the caller stated there were two unresponsive people inside the home,” said Goodwin. “The caller was a family member.”
Washington County EMS was dispatched to the address at 12:44a. When they arrived, both people transported to the hospital, where they were pronounced dead.
“We do expect foul play,” said Goodin. “We’re looking for at least one person if not two.”
Goodin said the cause of death wouldn’t be released until an autopsy, which is currently underway at the Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s office in Louisville, is completed.
Goodin said he was in hopes the autopsy details would be released today. “It depends on how many death investigations they have in Louisville,” he said.
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