Autopsy confirms death was suicide
The Harrison County Coroner’s Office provided an update on the death investigation of the 14-year-old Corydon boy who was reported missing in late September.
“Upon completion of the investigation and reviewing the results of forensic testing, the manner of death of Jacob McCarty is found to be suicide,” said Coroner Jeremy McKim. “As released in a previous news release, the cause of death was found to be a gunshot wound to the head.”
McCarty’s body, along with that of his German shepherd, was found about a week later within about a mile of his home. The Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept., along with the FBI and Secret Service, had been looking for McCarty since he was reported missing by his father, Jeremiah McCarty, on Sept. 21 after leaving home to take his dog on a walk in the woods near his home.
The bodies of McCarty and his dog were found Sept. 28. A post-mortem examination was completed Sept. 29 at Harrison County Hospital by a forensic pathologist. McKim had said the results of the post-mortem examination indicated McCarty’s cause of death to be a gunshot wound to the head.
“Our sincerest condolences go out to Jacob’s family during this difficult time,” McKim said.