According to investigators, Ronald J. Anderson killed Clifford Smith, 24. The troopers stated that Ronald J. Anderson, 61, of Seymour, Indiana, was facing murder charges in relation to the death of his brother-in-law, Clifford Smith, 24, in 1982.
In order to gain a deeper understanding of the situation, let’s go back to 1982, when the case first arose. Clifford Smith was allegedly shot in the head on October 31, 1982, by Ronald J. Anderson, according to Indiana State Police. On November 4, Smith’s wife reported him missing. On December 1st of that year, two wildlife trappers discovered Smith’s body in rural Jackson County. This case took 41 long years to investigate, during which time officials changed.
When four Indiana State Police troopers showed up to Tammy Anderson’s apartment on Tuesday to take her husband into custody, the 57-year-old wife of the offender felt uneasy.
Ms. Anderson thought it was unjust when the police handcuffed and took her husband. She stated, “I don’t know anything about this,” in an interview, but she made it clear that she thought her husband was innocent.
“The Indiana State Police is committed to solving previously unsolved cases to provide closure to the family and to make an arrest so those responsible for these crimes are held accountable and prosecuted in court,” the announcement of the arrest stated.
Even though the precise reason for Mr. Anderson’s actions remained a mystery for decades, Mr. Smith’s relatives stated in interviews that they had long suspected Mr. Anderson of being the culprit. The arrest has reignited emotions between the Smith family and Mr. Anderson’s relatives in an unresolved case that has long simmered animosity and mistrust. The incident occurred in Jackson County, southern Indiana, on Halloween 1982, exactly 41 years after Mr. Smith was tragically shot in the head.
After leaving the house on East 13th Street with Mr. Anderson, Mr. Smith was not seen alive again, according to Sergeant Wheeles. The sergeant continued, “After the killing, investigators discovered that Mr. Anderson had returned to the crime site to “conceal potential evidence.” According to a testimony, Mr. Smith’s body was discovered on December 1, 1982, about two miles north of Seymour, by two animal trappers who were strolling near a bayou near the White River, about a month after he was reported missing.
Anderson is being held at the Jackson County Jail until he appears in Jackson County Circuit Court for the first time, according to police reports.
Instead, in September 2015, Sergeant Kip Main made the decision to follow in the footsteps of the detectives who came before him. Wheeles notes that this investigation was not dependent on new technology, in contrast to many cold cases that are solved decades later, and that he re-interviewed witnesses and re-examined evidence. Wheeles claims that “it just took the right investigator at the right time”.
Wheeles states, “It goes without saying that we are dealing with the Smith family, who haven’t had justice in all these years.” “We couldn’t allow another anniversary of Clifford’s passing to pass without providing his family with the answers to the issues they have faced for many years.”