Foul play is not suspected at this time in the death of a Newtonville man whose body was found Tuesday morning beside a driveway east of Chrisney.
The Spencer County Coroner’s office says the preliminary cause of death of 30-year-old Joshua Peters was environmental hypothermia, which is commonly referred to as exposure.
A farmer living in the 4000 block of East Spencer County Road 900N discovered Peters’ partially disrobed body near his driveway just after 6:30 am CST. The farmer had returned home at 8 pm CST Monday and the body was not there at that time, Officials believe Peters died around 2 am Tuesday.
The Spencer County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death but say Peters’ pickup truck was found hung up in a ditch at 4:30 pm Monday about one-quarter mile from where his body was found later. The truck’s owner was nowhere to be seen when the truck was towed.
After Peters’ body was found, authorities were able to trace a line of clothes extending from the body to the area where the truck had been in a ditch.
An autopsy is scheduled for today. A final ruling on Peters’ death will await the autopsy’s findings and the results from toxicology testing.