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Suspect arrested for murder after man found dead near homeless encampment

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (IUSTV News) – The Bloomington Police Department is investigating after a man was found dead in a wooded area near a homeless encampment on Thursday. 

Officers responded to the Wheeler Mission on Westplex Avenue around 5:40 p.m. Thursday for a report of a possible dead body. When first responders arrived in the area, they found a deceased male with injuries “consistent with being cut and/or struck by a sharp object.”

Police gathered evidence and witness interviews on Thursday and returned Friday morning to collect more information. Officers were able to identify and locate the suspect, 42-year-old Craig Pearson, transient, who was arrested on a felony charge of murder. 

The name of the victim has not been confirmed by the Monroe County Coroner. 

The investigation remains ongoing and anyone with information about the murder is asked to call Detective Josh Burnworth at (812)339-4477.