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Jasper County Murder Confession

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July 15,2013 — Jasper County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a 21-year-old Demotte man in connection with a weekend murder. Cameron Sifrer is being held without bond for the murder of Derek Bobby.

Sheriff Terry Risner said his office received a call Friday about a body inside a home on County Road 1100 west. The body was identified as 23-year-old bobby who died of head trauma.

Police said there had been a party and that Sifrer and Bobby had gotten into an argument. Risner said during questioning Sifrer confessed to killing Bobby.

Information below is from Jasper County Sheriff Terry Risner’s office Monday, July 15, 2013:

“Created on Monday, 15 July 2013 14:34

On Friday, July 12, 2013 at approximately 11:40 A.M. the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible deceased subject. Location was given at a residence on County Road 1100 North West of the intersection of 1100 West in rural Jasper County near the town of DeMotte, Indiana. The reporting party identified themselves as a sister to the deceased victim.

Upon arrival of Deputy Russ Shouse he found a male subject in a bedroom of the residence who had been deceased for several hours with severe head trauma. At this time the victim was identified by the reporting family member as Derek Bobby, age 23 of DeMotte, Indiana. Additional Sheriff’s units arrived on scene to assist in the investigation. It was during this time that Officers determined the death to be under suspicious circumstances which resulted in a full crime scene application.

Once the scene was secured, Jasper County Sheriff’s Detectives and Indiana State Police Crime Scene Technicians initiated scene processing and interviews with numerous family members and area neighbors. These interviews resulted in information that provided a time line that revealed the victim was possibly deceased for at least twenty four hours prior to being discovered. The victim, Mr. Bobby, was alone at the family residence as other family members were away on vacation.

During the interviews, Sheriff Detectives Foerg and Myers learned of a possible suspect who was identified by witnesses as having been at the residence during the time of the death. Sheriff’s Detectives located a close friend of the suspect who provided information that the suspect now identified as Cameron Sifrer, age 21 of DeMotte, Indiana was in fact at the residence when the victim died. Additional information revealed Mr. Bobby to be the victim of a homicide.

On Saturday, July 13, 2013 Sheriff’s Detectives obtained several search warrants for electronic devices and the suspects last known residence. Evidence obtained from the execution of these search warrants recovered stolen property from the victim’s bedroom which was identified by family members.

As the investigation progressed, additional witnesses provided testimony that the suspect had admitted to them that he was responsible for Mr. Bobby’s death. On Sunday, July 14, 2013 Detectives received a report that Cameron Sifrer was located in a residence in rural north east Newton County. Deputies from the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office and Newton County Sheriff’s Office converged on the scene and in fact located Mr. Sifrer in a bedroom asleep. Sifrer was taken into custody by Jasper County Sheriff’s Deputies and transported to the Jasper County Jail.

On Sunday, July 14, 2013 in the late afternoon hours, Detectives Foerg and Myers conducted an interview with Carmeron Sifrer at the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office. After being advised of his rights, Mr. Sifrer agreed to be interviewed during which time he confessed to killing the victim, Mr. Bobby, in his bedroom. Indication from the interview revealed the motive for Mr. Sifrer being at Mr. Bobby’s residence where they were ‘partying together’ when a verbal dispute erupted and lead to the victim being killed.

The investigation continues as an autopsy is being conducted on Monday, July 15, 2013 through the Jasper County Coroner’s Office. At this time the search for additional items removed from the Bobby residence is also ongoing.

Sheriff Risner would like to take this time to commend the dedicated work by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Detectives, Deputies and the law enforcement community in Jasper County and Newton County for bringing this terrible tragedy to a swift closure.

No other information is available at this time. Cameron Sifrer is currently being held at the Jasper County Jail on a charge of Murder with no bond.


By Terry J. Risner Sheriff”

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