Homicide victim found dead in truck

Police seek clues in death of Monroe County man

Authorities are investigating the death of an 81-year-old Monroe County man this weekend as a homicide, although his exact cause of death has not been released.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Department received a call early Saturday morning from a person who discovered Sidney Cowden dead in his pickup truck several miles away from his home, said Detective Sgt. Brad Swain. The truck, a gray GMC in "rough" condition, was parked on the street in a housing edition about two miles south of Bloomington, Swain said.

Deputies went to Cowden's home in Ellettsville and found "indication of violence occurring inside his home."

Swain said authorities have served three search warrants in connection to the crime but are still looking for more information.

"At this point, we're trying to learn things," Swain said. "There are some things we know, but what we're trying to do now is establish a timeline of when people in the neighborhood left and when the body was left (there)."

Swain said anyone with any information on the case or who might have seen Cowden driving Friday or early Saturday should call him at 349-2727.

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