Daylight is a quaint Southern Indiana town of just over 2,300 friendly and faith-based folks. It’s a place where you can sit on a park bench to enjoy a sunset or visit the local bar and order the usual. A place away from life's distractions where you can take joy in the simple pleasures.
Daylight has a rich history -- in 1999, Historic Indiana named the town of Daylight a “Historically and Culturally Significant Location.” The town's strong Catholic tradition is most evident in St. Odilia Monastery, which has been watching over the people of Daylight from atop its serene hill for nearly 175 years.
344 Wash Rd.
Daylight, IN 47711
Approx. 1 mile south from Irons Residence.
Age 39, Indiana CPS Worker investigating Susan Ellroy abuse case. Went missing while investigating Sydney Irons abuse case.
Age 29, Indiana CPS Worker investigating Russell Olyphant abuse case. Went missing while investigating Sydney Irons abuse case.
Age 25, Indiana CPS Worker investigating Susan Ellroy abuse case. Went missing while investigating Sydney Irons abuse case.
Age 9, Attended Daylight Elementary. Regularly attended Fr. Patrick Andersen’s after-school program at St. Odilia Monastery.
Age 53, Prominent Catholic priest in the town of Daylight. Head of St. Odilia Monastery, where he ran an after-school program.
Age 33, Associate of Fr. Patrick Andersen. Pastor at Precious Blood Catholic Church. Car found at crime scene Location 2 (Harrington Lake).
DECEMBER 21, 2005
On 12/13/2005 we were called to the Irons Residence (Location 1) after it was reported that Sydney Irons and Amber Irons had not attended school in over a week, and their mother, Gretchin Irons, had not been to work in that time.
Upon entering the residence, there were no occupants present. There was rotting food in the kitchen and a videotape on the counter (Videotape 1).
In the garage, two bodies were found several feet apart covered in sheets and surrounded by a set of bloody footprints later identified belonging to Fr. Patrick Andersen.
Just under a mile away from the Irons Residence, we found a car at Harrington Lake (Location 2). The plates were registered to Fr. Isaac Hitchens, who regularly worked with Fr. Patrick. There was no sign of Hitchens anywhere, not even footprints.
There were several other sets of footprints found around the car belonging to Sydney Irons, Fr. Patrick Andersen, and CPS worker Jennifer Borman.
Nearby and closer to the car was another cluster of footprints belonging to CPS workers David McCracken and Josh Riedford. They appeared to be made some time later. All sets of footprints led to Harrington Lake, where they disappeared.
Addendum 12/21/08: Videotape 2 was recovered at Location 2 (Harrington Lake), encased in a digital video recorder.
I SWEAR OR AFFIRM THE ABOVE STATEMENTS ARE CORRECT AND TRUE