Police continue to investigate Lisa Atkisson’s death

Thursday, January 30, 2020
Melissa "Lisa" Atkisson

An investigation is ongoing into the death of a woman on Greencastle’s south side Tuesday night.

Investigators from the Greencastle Police Department and the Indiana State Police were back at the home of Melissa “Lisa” Atkisson Thursday morning seeking more information on the woman’s death.

Police are treating the investigation as a homicide.

Atkisson’s body was found insider her home about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police remained at the scene conducting their investigation overnight and for much of the day on Wednesday.

Putnam County Coroner Dave Brown told the Banner Graphic the Wednesday autopsy revealed that the 44-year-old Atkisson died of blunt force trauma.

Indiana State Police investigators enter a home on East Berry Street Wednesday morning where a body was found the night before. Police are asking for help from anyone who may know what happened to Melissa Atkisson, age 44, Greencastle. Anyone with information is asked to call (765) 848-1644 and leave a detailed message or call (765) 653-2925.

GPD Assistant Chief Brian Hopkins said investigators thus far have no suspects to name.

He did, however, say police believe there should be no cause for worry of a killer striking again.

“This case is an isolated incident and there is no concern for the public,” Hopkins said.

The investigation began at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday when 911 Dispatch received a call of a possible deceased person at 107 E Berry St.

When officers arrived found Atkisson’s body.

Greencastle Officers worked throughout the night securing the scene, applying for search warrants.

Berry Street between Locust and College was closed for several hours Wednesday while ISP crime technicians and Coroner Brown processed the scene.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Melissa Attkisson," a Greencastle Police Department representative wrote in a statement.

GPD Det. Matt Huffman is leading the investigation, with assistance from GPD Capt. Michael Collins as well as ISP First Sgt. Jason Fajt, Sgt. Sam Stearley and others from the Putnamville Post.

“Detective Huffman will work with Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter and other agencies to find the person responsible,” the department representative said in the Wednesday news release.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call (765) 848-1644 and leave a detailed message or call (765) 653-2925.

The department also welcomes messages through Facebook Messenger.

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    Condolences to the family.

    And may justice be swift and sure for those responsible for such a despicable deed.

    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Thu, Jan 30, 2020, at 11:12 AM
  • what a horrible tragedy...I feel for her family...I also lost a sister because of a senseless murder...it is painful...whoever did this will pay

    -- Posted by bossnack5 on Mon, Feb 3, 2020, at 2:51 PM
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