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Woman, 28, found dead


April 01, 2009
A former jail commander at the Harrison County Jail was found dead Sunday evening at her home near Ramsey.

According to a press release, officers with the Harrison County Sheriff's Department responded to the 2400 block of Ryleigh Court shortly after 6 p.m. on a call of an alleged accidental gunshot victim. When deputies arrived, they discovered Christine Britton, 28, deceased. They requested that the Indiana State Police assume the investigation.

"There's nothing out of the ordinary about the state police handling the investigation," Sgt. Jerry Goodin, public information officer for the Indiana State Police, said. "We do death investigations, burglaries, thefts. We help out every agency in every county.

"(Detectives) are certain there's no serial gunmen out to harm other people," he said. "We're approaching this as a death investigation and nothing else."

Britton had served in various capacities at the Harrison County Justice Center since April 1, 2002, working in corrections, as jail commander and, most recently, as a classifications officer.

Britton, who was the wife of Harrison County Officer John Britton, was mentioned in a search warrant affidavit submitted by ISP Det. David Mitchell March 19 in the investigation of claims of intimidation and sexual harassment against Harrison County Sheriff G. Michael Deatrick.

As jail commander on May 12, 2008, Britton, who has not been accused of any wrongdoing, told ISP detectives in the affidavit that she contacted a computer technician to help copy images from a hard drive at the sheriff's department to a newly purchased hard drive as part of the ongoing investigation.

Sheriff's Matron Joyce Deatrick described Britton as a "very good worker," and said her death has been extremely difficult to handle.

"You can't even imagine," Deatrick said.

Goodin Monday said the investigation is ongoing.

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