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Body found under 900 pound safe

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com

A body was found in a garage Wednesday night after a suspected break-in at a home in the 600 block of West Third Street.

Marion police said the homeowner discovered the body underneath a 900 pound antique floor safe while he was cleaning his garage after the suspected break-in.

The homeowner called police on Tuesday to report the break-in, saying his garage door frame had been damaged, according to Deputy Chief Stephen Dorsey of the Marion Police Department.

He told police he would begin cleaning the garage, which he said was “packed with clutter,” to see if anything was missing. That’s when the homeowner discovered the body, police said.

Dorsey, who also serves as the Grant County coroner, identified the body Thursday afternoon as Jeremiah A. Disney, 28, of Marion.

The safe, usually suspended by a floor jack, had been knocked over, and the body was underneath.

The Marion Fire Department was called to the scene to lift the safe so the body could be retrieved.

Acting Assistant Chief Jordan Lamb said the steel safe was about 3 feet wide, 3 feet deep and 3 feet tall and “wasn’t going anywhere.”

Lamb said firefighters used the hydraulic spreaders typically used to extricate people trapped in auto accidents to lift the safe in the air and then used cribbing to stabilize it in order to remove the body.

An autopsy was performed Thursday at the Northeast Indiana Forensic Center in Fort Wayne and results are pending.

This investigation is active, Dorsey said. Anyone with information is asked to call the Marion Police Department at 765-662-9981 or Crime Stoppers at 765-662-8477.