A Salem man is in jail for murder and arson involving a trailer fire in Southway Villa late Tuesday.

Joshua B. Risinger, 28, 221 South Teresa Street, was booked into the Washington County Detention Center last night.

Joshua B. Risinger, 28, 221 South Teresa Street



The victim that was located inside of the mobile home has not yet been identified. 

Indiana State Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Jerry Goodin said this morning he cannot release details on the victim’s gender. 

An autopsy will be performed by the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville, KY this morning to determine the cause of death and the identity of the victim.  

The fire was reported at approximately 7:00 pm to the Salem City Fire Department. The fire was located at 221 Teresa Street in Salem.

According to the Salem Fire Department, the fire was “well involved” when the department arrived with “flames coming out the windows.”

After the fire was extinguished, a burned human body was located inside of the mobile home. 

The owner of the residence, Risinger, was located at the scene and was interviewed by Indiana State Police Detectives. 

The resulting information gathered from Risinger resulted in his arrest for Murder and Arson. 

The Salem City Police Department was at the scene and requested Indiana State Police Crime Scene Investigators and Indiana State Police Detectives to assist at the scene. 

The Washington County Prosecutor, Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Fire Marshall and the Washington County Coroner are assisting in the investigation.