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DAYLIGHT, INDIANA

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.

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Case ID


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DAYLIGHT POLICE DEPARTMENT

CASE # 48-15162-342 

 


Investigating Officer

Rick Boyd

Crime Scene Location(s)

Location 1: 

IRONS RESIDENCE

344 Wash Rd.

Daylight, IN 47711

 

Location 2:

HARRINGTON LAKE

Approx. 1 mile south from Irons Residence.

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COLLECTED EVIDENCE 


ITEM # 171964 Camera retrieved from Location 2 (Harrington Lake). Contained second of two tapes.

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Camera retrieved from Location 2 (Harrington Lake). Contained second of two tapes.

ITEM #171952 Two bodies found at Location 1 (Irons Residence). Body 1 Cause of Death: LACERATED JUGULAR VEIN  Body 2 Cause of Death: HEAD TRAUMA

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Two bodies found at Location 1 (Irons Residence).

Body 1 Cause of Death: LACERATED JUGULAR VEIN 

Body 2 Cause of Death: HEAD TRAUMA

ITEM # 171957 Bloody footprints found in garage at Location 1 (Irons Residence). Analysis confirmed footprints belonged to Fr. Patrick Andersen.  

ITEM # 171957

Bloody footprints found in garage at Location 1 (Irons Residence).

Analysis confirmed footprints belonged to Fr. Patrick Andersen.

 

ITEM #171959 Footprint tracks (5) belonging to Fr. Patrick Anderson found in garage at Location 1 (Irons Residence).

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Footprint tracks (5) belonging to Fr. Patrick Anderson found in garage at Location 1 (Irons Residence).

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JENNIFER BORMAN

Age 39, Indiana CPS Worker investigating Susan Ellroy abuse case. Went missing while investigating Sydney Irons abuse case.

 

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JOSH REIDFORD

Age 29, Indiana CPS Worker investigating Russell Olyphant abuse case. Went missing while investigating Sydney Irons abuse case.

 

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DAVID MCCRACKEN

Age 25, Indiana CPS Worker investigating Susan Ellroy abuse case. Went missing while investigating Sydney Irons abuse case.

 

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SYDNEY IRONS

Age 9, Attended Daylight Elementary. Regularly attended Fr. Patrick Andersen’s after-school program at St. Odilia Monastery.

 

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FR. PATRICK ANDERSEN

Age 53, Prominent Catholic priest in the town of Daylight. Head of St. Odilia Monastery, where he ran an after-school program.

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FR. ISAAC HITCHENS

Age 33, Associate of Fr. Patrick Andersen. Pastor at Precious Blood Catholic Church. Car found at crime scene Location 2 (Harrington Lake).

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SUSPECT(S)


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FR. PATRICK ANDERSEN

  • Head Pastor at St. Odilia Monastery. 
  • Ran an after-school program for the Daylight School System. 
  • Investigated in Joel Hammett death (cleared of charges). 
  • Spiritual Counselor to Sydney Irons and Susan Ellroy.
  • Person of Interest in Child Protective Services investigation of Sydney Irons abuse case. 
  • Forensic evidence linking Fr. Patrick to both crime scene locations.

 

 

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JENNIFER BORMAN

  • Headed CPS team investigations into Susan Ellroy and Sydney Irons abuse cases.
  • Car with plates registered to Jennifer Borman found at Crime Scene Location 1 (Irons Residence).
  • Forensic evidence and footprint analysis linking Ms. Borman to Crime Scene Location 2 (Harrington Lake).
  • Frequently logged as visitor at Daylight Jr/Sr High School where Susan Ellroy was enrolled.
  • Frequently logged as visitor at Daylight Elementary School where Sydney Irons was enrolled.

 

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FR. ISSAC HITCHENS

  • Loyal associate of Fr. Patrick Andersen.
  • Videotape 1 shows Fr. Hitchens fleeing Location 1 (Irons Residence) prior to the murders/disappearance.
  • Car with plates registered to Isaac Hitchens found at Crime Scene Location 2 (Harrington Lake).

 

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SWORN STATEMENT


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.

 
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Richard Boyd

I SWEAR OR AFFIRM THE ABOVE STATEMENTS ARE CORRECT AND TRUE

 
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