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Patrick Scott charged with killing neighbor Valerie Tindall

Law enforcement authorities in Indiana say the search for a 17-year-old girl who had been missing for nearly six months came to a tragic end this week when investigators discovered the girl’s body stuffed into a barrel and buried in a neighbor’s yard only a few hundred feet from her family’s home. Patrick Scott, 59, was taken into custody on Tuesday and charged with the one count of murder of Valerie Tindall, authorities announced.

According to a press release from the Rushville County Sheriff’s Office, investigators from federal, state, and local law enforcement entities discovered the teen’s body on Nov. 28 while executing a series of search warrants directly connected to Valerie’s disappearance on Scott’s property located in the 2300 block of N Oak Street.

Patrick Scott and Valerie Tindall (Rush County Sheriff

Patrick Scott and Valerie Tindall (Rush County Sheriff’s Office); Investigators searching for the Valerie’s body (WXIN screenshot)

The release said that “substantial investigative activity” was required to discover the body of Tindall, who had first been reported missing by her parents on June 8, 2023, with investigators executing more than 50 search warrants during the duration of the search.

Authorities said that Scott, who was a friend of the family and owned the lawn care business where Tindall was employed, had been identified as a person of interest “early” in the case. The sheriff’s office noted that the Rush County Coroner had been dispatched to the property to determine the cause and manner of death, and to “begin the process of positively identifying the remains.”

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