Coroner on Lafayette death investigation: ‘Not your typical autopsy’

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Tippecanoe County Coroner Donna Avolt said the autopsy of a man found dead inside his home, is ‘not your typical autopsy.’

This statement comes after Lafayette Police found the man Saturday night.

Lafayette Police Capt. Kurt Wolf said, a man called police Saturday asking that officers check on the well-being of his friend, Scooter Gavin.

Wolf told News 18, officers arrived at Gavin’s home at 854 Shawnee Ave. and found him dead.

Neighbors told News 18 they had heard Gavin had been dead for several months.

Lafayette Police Department is currently investigating the death as suspicious, until it proves otherwise, according to Wolf. He said Gavin did have a caretaker. Wolf would not comment on if police suspect the caretaker to be involved.

News 18 spoke with neighbors in the area who describe the caretaker as a middle aged-woman, who was very friendly. They said they talked to her several times a week.

As for the man, they said they’d never really met him.

“She’s here on a daily basis, maybe 10 or 12 hours,” said neighbor Josiah Daniels-Childes. “So, it’s very odd to me that she was here every day for months.”

“We’ve got so many nice neighbors around here,” said neighbor Tyler Imel. “She was really nice, she was one of them. We had no idea.”

An autopsy was performed around noon Monday. Avolt said it could take some time for those results to come back. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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