Family looking for truth after body exhumed

Cary Owsley (Provided Photo)

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) – The mystery surrounding the shooting death of a Columbus man could be one step closer to coming to an end.

Wednesday morning, Cary Owsley’s body was exhumed, almost a year after he died from a gunshot wound to the chest. The Bartholomew County Coroner ruled his death a suicide, but never performed an autopsy.

Family members told 24-Hour News 8 they hope it will reveal the truth about what really happened.

“You could not let this go without finding out what happened to him,” said Cheryl Jackson.

For nearly 11 months, Jackson said she’s been fighting.

“All I know is I’m charged to get justice for my only sibling and that’s what I was determined to do,” she said.

Wednesday morning, Jackson, her nephew, Logan Owsley and their attorney gathered in Garland Brook Cemetery.

“My brother, according to Indiana Code, should have had an autopsy the day he died,” she said.

But, instead, the county coroner ruled Cary Owsley’s death a suicide, without performing an autopsy.

24-Hour News 8 talked to Coroner Larry Fisher about the exhumation.

“I think they are going to get the same answers in the beginning,” Fisher said, “It was suicide.”

“I really believed that the coroner had done his job the day my brother died, instead of doing what he said he did and walked in the room and developed an idea, take a cursory look around and say I think he killed himself. I wouldn’t have spent the last 11 months campaigning for justice,” said Jackson.

Jackson said when her brother died on April 7, he was planning on leaving his wife. She said the first deputy on the scene was Owsley’s wife’s ex-husband, who was off-duty and the gun used in the shooting belong to the deputy.

“Everyday is April 7 and until we get the truth, then the next day on the calendar will roll by,” said Logan Owsley.

Owsley’s body was taken to Fort Wayne on Wednesday for the autopsy. The family’s attorney was one of the witnesses. Jackson said the autopsy was completed just before 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and they should know the results in four to six weeks. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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