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Missing man found dead

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 ~ Updated 2:35 PM

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James Brandon Barnett
FILLMORE -- The body of a Fillmore man missing since Sunday afternoon was located Wednesday morning near his home.

James Brandon Barnett, 32, was found at the bottom of a Ravine at 231 Westwood Rd. Putnam County Sheriff's Department chief deputy Doug Nally said the mower Barnett was riding when he was last seen overturned on him.

Chief deputy coroner Dave Brown said the coroner's office is awaiting official results of an autopsy, but did not expect foul play. Dr. Kohr in Terre Haute was set to perform the autopsy either Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning.

"We're anticipating nothing suspicious with this death, but we're waiting for Dr. Kohr to tell us," Brown said. "It's just an unfortunate accident, unfortunate all the way around."

Brown said it appears Barnett was driving down the incline when the snow blade on the front of the mower caught on a downed tree approximately 12 to 18 inches in diameter. This caused the mower to flip over on top of Barnett.

"All signs point to blunt force trauma, but we're waiting for official word from Dr. Kohr," Brown said.

Nally said the call came in to dispatch that Barnett's body had been found some time after 8 a.m. Wednesday. The property owners' grandson walked the property earlier Wednesday and found the mower and body.

Fillmore town marshal Darrel Bunten and sheriff's deputies Tom Helmer, Mike Biggs and Pat McFadden responded to the call.

The incident happened closer to the back of the property, so it was closer to Putnam Street. The mower was actually visible from the street, but family members and investigators who had searched the area in recent days did not see it.

"It's terrible," Nally said. "He was literally two blocks from his house, and we saturated that whole area."

Autopsy results will be reported in the Banner Graphic when they are available.


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My heart goes out to all of James's family and friends.

-- Posted by obeone on Wed, Feb 23, 2011, at 11:38 AM

So sorry. I was hoping for a different ending. My thoughts & prayers are with you all.

-- Posted by amkedu on Wed, Feb 23, 2011, at 12:56 PM

James was a great guy and he will be sadly missed. This is a tragic accident and my heart goes out to his family. I just keep thinking about his son- every time he came over to my house he always had that little boy with him. I can't even begin to imagine and not sure I want to. I really feel bad that it took so long to find him... I can't help but wonder if he could of been helped. But only God knows that. Once again I send my love out to his family and to all who knew him. he will be forever missed.

-- Posted by missmack on Wed, Feb 23, 2011, at 2:56 PM

My Thoughts go out to James and his family... James was a great guy.... a well liked person.... i know James from back in the day and he was so sweet

-- Posted by indianagirl85 on Wed, Feb 23, 2011, at 4:00 PM

How very sad...my prayers are with his family. May God hold you close.

-- Posted by John3:16 on Wed, Feb 23, 2011, at 9:54 PM

SAD and unfortunate!

Something seems strange about all this doesn't it?? Alot of rumors going around concerning another family in fillmore and FBI visiting this family. Day after FBI visits family, James is found in an area that was searched by police and lawn mower was easily seen from road! Yet somehow the police missed it?? Just a few blocks from his home?!?! Did they really miss it or was it not there the first time around?? Any idea where the money James had on him went?? Who was the last person he spoke with on his cell phone? Someone maybe the FBI had a conversation with????? Many questions are being left unanswered.

James wasn't a bad guy. Made some bad decisions in his life just like we all have. Sometimes hung around some not so great people.

He will be missed!

-- Posted by bottomline on Fri, Feb 25, 2011, at 2:31 AM

James i will never forget the way we made each other laugh, priceless. I hate that you had to leave us like that. I can only hope and pray you didn;t lay there wondering and praying someone would find you. All i have to say to that is you went out doing what you love to do most, ride that dixie chopper. What more could you ask for. The only thing i regret about our relationship is the fact that i came through fillmore a couple of weeks ago and didn't stop and see you, for that my freind im sorry. I will always love and miss you lil buddy, your freind and brother CRAZYHORSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by crazyhorse 1452 on Fri, Feb 25, 2011, at 6:06 AM

I was the one who found James. He was found down the road from his home where he had been working at my grandparents home. It's a big yard and believe me, nobody moved him there. While it was visible from the road, it blended in very well and was not some bright object. It was also upside down and did not clearly resemble a mower. It wasn't very close to the road either. He tried to stop it in the yard and the mower slid (this happens to me all the time mowing that yard)

They had been notified about where he was last seen and nothing was ever searched until I decided to go look. While I didn't see any money, I did see lottery tickets sticking out of his back pocket. Surely they would have taken those as well. Let's not be conspiracy theorists and feed into rumors. He clearly had not been disturbed.

-- Posted by BannerGraphicUser on Fri, Feb 25, 2011, at 7:54 PM

When I say nothing, I mean my grandparents property.

-- Posted by BannerGraphicUser on Fri, Feb 25, 2011, at 7:56 PM

To James family and friends, my heart and prayers go out to all of you. I knew James, but not as well as some and I can say I will miss him too. Crazyhorse, unfortunately no one will ever see something like this coming, and my heart goes out to you as well. As for this conspiracy theory, don't start rumors and make accusations, his family and his friends don't need it. This is one of those times to keep your mouth shut on here. If you seriously think it was something more then go talk to the police, but keep it quiet and leave the family to grieve in peace.

-- Posted by Meadow31 on Sat, Feb 26, 2011, at 10:59 AM


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