Coroner Confirms Identity of Missing Teen Valerie Tindall Found Buried on Suspect’s Property

Indiana authorities have identified the remains of 17-year-old Valerie Tindall, who disappeared in June. The body was discovered this week in a box buried on property belonging to Patrick Scott, now charged with her murder. Rush County Coroner Brenda McMahan stated that the exact cause and manner of Tindall’s death are still under investigation, pending toxicology reports and the final autopsy.

The Rush County Sheriff’s Office, in a statement, expressed its deepest condolences to Tindall’s family and friends. Scott, 59, faces charges including murder, obstruction of justice, and false informing. He was denied bond during his initial hearing and has been appointed a public defender.

Tindall, who worked for Scott’s lawn-mowing business, told her parents on June 7 that she was going to work. Scott later claimed he strangled Tindall in his bedroom with his belt when she allegedly tried to blackmail and seduce him, according to court documents. Despite extensive searches, including one on October 11 where cadaver-sniffing dogs detected decomposition near Scott’s pond, her whereabouts remained unknown until the recent discovery on Scott’s property.

The family, who were neighbors with Scott, expressed their trust and bond with him, as reported by Tindall’s mother, Shena Sandefur. Sandefur recounted their close relationship, highlighting that Tindall was also friends with Scott’s granddaughter.

Lou Nightingale
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