Teen’s Disappearance Culminates in Tragic Find in Neighbor’s Yard: Sheriff Investigation

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The remains of a 17-year-old Indiana girl, missing for over five months, were found buried in her next-door neighbor’s yard. The neighbor, 59-year-old Patrick Scott, has been arrested and charged with murder, according to authorities.

Although the medical examiner has yet to officially confirm the identity of the remains as Valerie Tindall’s, Sheriff Allan Rice of Rush County, Indiana, stated that they likely belong to the missing teenager. At a news conference on Wednesday, Sheriff Rice emphasized that despite the unfortunate outcome, the case is ongoing, and justice will be pursued.

The discovery of human remains occurred during a search of Scott’s yard in Arlington, Indiana, about 40 miles southeast of Indianapolis. Scott, previously considered a “person of interest,” now faces charges of murder, with additional charges of falsifying information to police prior to the discovery of the remains.

Valerie was last seen alive on June 7, and her mother, Shena Sandefur, mentioned that Valerie had a close relationship with Scott, whom she worked for. Sandefur expressed her shock and devastation at the news of Scott’s arrest in connection with her daughter’s death, emphasizing the lasting impact on their lives and the need for answers regarding the tragic event.


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