ISP identify man in death investigation as Sullivan County coroner Tracy Tackett


SULLIVAN COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Indiana State Police released the identity of the man in a Sullivan County death investigation Tuesday.

Indiana State Police identified the deceased male as Sullivan County coroner, Tracy Lee Tackett.

Around 9:30 am Monday, the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office received a call that Tracy Tackett, Sullivan County Coroner, had suddenly left an apartment he shared with his then girlfriend.

It was unclear on Saturday whether Tackett intended to leave town, or if he intended to cause himself harm.

Tackett had been the subject of an Indiana State Police investigation that began last Thursday, however there were no active arrest warrants for Tackett when he left.

Being that Tackett was reported a missing person, it allowed investigators to enter both he and his vehicle into a nationwide computer database. Alerts were sent out to surrounding law enforcement agencies, and officers immediately began canvassing the county.

Investigators contacted Tackett’s local and out of town family and friends, to see if he had reached out to anyone. Sheriff Clark Cottom attempted to locate Tackett’s vehicle through GPS technology, to no avail. The Sheriff said Tackett had no cellphone in his possession when he left the residence.

On Saturday afternoon, Sheriff Cottom asked pilots at the Sullivan County Airport to be on the lookout for Tackett’s white Dodge pickup. Cottom also arranged for the Indiana State Police Aviation Section to conduct an aerial search of the county.

Throughout the weekend, Sullivan County deputies and Indiana Conservation Officers searched rural areas, including the Greene Sullivan State Forest. Conservation Officers also searched bodies of water in both Sullivan and Greene Counties.

Sheriff’s officials continued their search around the clock Sunday into Monday.

On Monday afternoon around 4:20 PM Sheriff Clark Cottom was searching a rural area just off CR 300 N, near CR 225 E., when he came across a white Dodge pickup similar to Tackett’s pulled into a remote area. Cottom discovered a deceased white male sitting in the driver’s seat of the vehicle.

The Indiana State Police and Vigo County Coroner’s Office were immediately summoned to the scene. An autopsy was conducted at 3:00 PM Tuesday at Terre Haute Regional Hospital where the body was positively identified as Tracy Lee Tackett, 56 of Sullivan.

Through the course of the investigation and analysis of all the evidence presented to crime scene investigators and detectives, the evidence shows that the subject died from a single self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

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