Body found in storage facility linked to 2019 missing man, son accused of murder

human remains found at storage facility belong to missing man since  son charged with murder
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May 19 2021, Published 11:06 a.m. ET

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Human remains were found in a storage facility in Indianapolis and now police say they have been identified as the remains of a 58-year-old man missing since 2019.

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According to authorities, the remains were those of Roger “Fred” Farmer Jr. and he was shot in the head. His death was ruled a homicide.

Fred’s daughters helped police to compile evidence, which pointed to their brother, Jeremy Farmer, 35, who now faces a murder charge after his February arrest, police said.

Jeremey Farmer was arrested before his father's remains were found. 

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Fred was reported missing by his daughters after he didn’t show up for Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations in 2019, police said.

He was supposed to be on a hunting trip at the time, but the sisters were suspicious that their brother was sending messages from their dad’s phone, according to police.

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There was also a video that showed Jeremy using his father’s debit card at a Lowe’s store on Nov. 18, 2019, authorities said.

For that purchase, Jeremy bought cleaning wipes, Febreze, a 96-gallon, two-wheel trash can, germicidal bleach, a flashlight, latex gloves, extra heavy plastic drop cloths and Tide detergent pods, police said.

WTHR reported that Jeremy was living with his father at the time of his disappearance and Fred was last seen on Nov. 22, 2019.

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Authorities stated Fred’s bank account was emptied, credit cards were used after his disappearance and Jeremy changed his dad’s contact information to his own email address.

According to the sisters, their dad’s body was in the house for a significant amount of time before they think someone helped Jeremy dispose of it.

Fred’s body was found on May 13, 2021 at a storage facility when workers smelled an odor and called police, who happened to discover the remains, according to authorities.

Police stated Jeremy rented the storage unit in November 2019.


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