Madison County detectives investigating ‘suspicious death’

MADISON COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – Madison County detectives are investigating what they call a “suspicious death” in Alexandria.

They say a family member found James O. Gee dead in his home on the 6300 block of North Lunar Lane on May 1, after he didn’t show up for work.

Officials say a locked closet had been forced open, and a safe was missing.

According to his obituary, James Gee was 76 years old, had served in the U.S. Air Force, and was retired.

His family says he’d worked at a car parts store after retirement.

Madison County Sheriff Ron Richardson told 24-Hour News 8 they’re waiting for results from the pathologist, as to how James Gee died.

At this point, he says they’re looking for whoever took that safe from his home.

Family members told 24-Hour News 8 they didn’t want to speak on camera, but they’re also hopeful police will find whoever took the safe.

Neighbors describe the neighborhood, in rural Alexandria, as typically quiet.

“It’s shocking,” said one neighbor. “The day after it happened, about 10:30 or so, we had a couple of investigators come to our door, asking some questions, if we saw anything or heard anything.”

Officials are looking for any information that may be helpful to the investigation. If you know anything, you’re asked to call Lt. David Callahan at 765-646-4014 or Detective Darwin Dwiggins at 765-646-4025. 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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