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Capt. Jeff Rasche of the Hancock County Sheriff's Department said authorities have not ruled out the possibility of foul play in the disappearance of Jody Scroggins. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)
Capt. Jeff Rasche of the Hancock County Sheriff's Department said authorities have not ruled out the possibility of foul play in the disappearance of Jody Scroggins. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)


GREENFIELD –— Hancock County investigators are continuing their search for a Hancock County man last seen on June 23.

Police are looking into the possibility that Jody Eugene Scroggins got into a vehicle with someone after leaving his home at Philly Estates mobile home park in the 3300 block of W. U.S. 40 sometime late that evening  or early June 24.

Hancock County Sheriff’s investigators called a news conference Monday in an effort to broaden their search.

“Unfortunately, we’re here today because we’re seeking answers from the public,” said Capt. Jeff Rasche, investigations division commander for the sheriff’s department.

Working with the Indiana State Police, the sheriff’s department issued a Silver Alert on Scroggins just before noon Wednesday after family members discovered him missing from his mobile home the morning of June 24.

Scroggins spoke with his mother the night of June 23 to confirm a doctor’s appointment the following morning. However, when relatives  arrived to pick Scroggins up at 8:30 a.m. June 24, the door to his trailer was open, the lights were on and most of his possessions, including some of his medications, were inside.

Investigators first thought Scroggins’ disappearance was medically related based on the fact that he suffers from a seizure disorder and is legally blind with very limited peripheral vision.

However, two canine teams scoured the surroundings last week and tracked Scroggins’ scent to an area behind the nearby Sugar Creek Township fire station, where the trail went cold.

Investigators have interviewed family and neighbors; canvassed hospitals and other health care facilities; checked pharmacies; and looked at surveillance video at nearby convenience stores, all of which have yielded no clues, Rasche said.

At this point, authorities are operating on the assumption that Scroggins got into a vehicle where his trail ended.

Investigators have found no evidence of foul play; however, they have not found sufficient evidence to rule out that possibility.

“I wish I could say I knew that,” Rasche said. “There is no evidence of a struggle or foul play. There are no indications other than he’s gone and left all his worldly possessions. It’s a little bit odd.”

Though it appears some medications were taken from his home, Scroggins left behind “the only pair of shoes that he owned” and a jacket he usually wore, Rasche said.

Running out of his seizure medication could put Scroggins’ health at risk, investigators said.

“The family is just as lost as we are, just as stunned as we are,” Rasche said. “But he’s somebody’s son, somebody’s brother and father, and we want to find him.”

Scroggins is described as approximately six feet tall and 180 pounds with brown hair he usually wears in a pony tail during the summer.

Authorities are encouraging anyone with information about the case to call the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department at (317) 477-1144 or the department’s investigations division at (317) 477-1199.

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