Sexual assault ruled out in Rensselaer homicide

Photo shows Trula Alliss. (Photo Provided)

RENSSELAER, Ind. (WLFI) — Police told WISH-TV sister station WLFI News, sexual assault has been ruled out in a Rensselaer homicide case.

Rensselaer Police Department, who is working with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office and Indiana State Police, are continuing the investigation into the death of 77-year-old Trula Alliss. She was found dead in her home on the evening of Feb. 5.

Investigators said after reviewing evidence recovered at the scene, they do not believe a sexual assault occurred.

“Speaking with our investigators we believe this is an isolated incident,” Rensselaer Police Chief Jeff Phillips said. “State Police lab continues to work diligently on this case.”

Phillips said the case remains ongoing.

If anyone has information about the death of Alliss, please call Det. Chad Hammond at 219-866-7602 or submit tips online. 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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