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Body found in cave at state forest


February 08, 2012
A body was discovered inside a cave in the Harrison-Crawford State Forest Sunday evening, but it's too early to tell whether or not it is that of Kevin Eve, a 25-year-old Georgetown caver missing since Oct. 1.

Indiana Conservation Officer Jeff Milner said a phone call was received regarding the body inside the cave on state property.

Conservation officers and several dozen volunteers had been combing a wide area of the forest where Eve's car was located on the morning of Oct. 3. They conducted foot searches and, with Eve being an avid spelunker, went into several caves in the area with no additional clues. Search and cadaver dogs were also brought in with no luck.

The search was called off in October, but Conservation Officer Dennis Talley last month flew in the Indiana State Police helicopter to do an aerial search. No additional clues were found.

"The body is down in a cave, but I'm not sure of the distance," Milner said. "There's definitely some difficulty in conducting a thorough investigation down there because we have to get the investigators to go down and get to the scene. This isn't like going to Marengo Cave and having someone point it out to you."

As of presstime on Monday, no identification of the body had been made, nor was there a conclusive finding as to the cause of death of the person. Milner said it is currently an ongoing death investigation.

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