Salem Man Found Dead on Leota Trailhead of Knobstone Trail

Salem Man Found Dead on Leota Trailhead of Knobstone Trail


A Salem man was found dead yesterday afternoon at approximately 3:30p by Washington County Sheriff Brent Miller.

Billy James Wagers, 54, Salem, was found lying in the woods near the parking lot to the trailhead.

There was a report of a suspicious person on a moped in the woods and possibly living there.

Miller said he was investigating the report of a suspicious person and looking for the man and was told that he was sleeping on the state property. 

Miller said he called the Washington County Coroner’s office, the Department of Natural Resources. He said Indiana State Police detective Travis Baker and crime scene technicians were called to the Leota Trailhead of the Knobstone Trail after Wagers was found.

No foul play is suspected, and the Scott County Coroner has ruled the cause of death as natural. 

The family has been notified. 

The trailhead is located at 12598 East Saylor Road, Salem, just inside Scott County, near the Scott-Washington County line. 

State Police investigators were assisted by the Scott County Coroner, Indiana Conservation Officers, the Scott County Sheriff’s Department, and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, and Scott County EMS.