Release Date: 
Monday, August 8, 2005

*** MEDIA ADVISORY *** August 8, 2005                                                              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT:  Curtis T. Hill, Jr. 296-1888  Elkhart County Prosecuting Attorney Curtis T. Hill, Jr. announced today that the body of a female discovered dead on Sunday afternoon has been identified as forty-two (42) year old Barbara Keim of Middlebury who has previously been reported missing as of Friday, August 5, 2005.  Keim suffered from a gunshot wound.  In custody at the Elkhart County Jail on a preliminary charge of murder are Keim’s seventeen (17) year old daughter, Hannah Stone, along with eighteen (18) year old Spencer Krempetz, and seventeen (17) year old Aaron McDonald.              The investigation into the disappearance and subsequent murder of Barbara Keim was led by the Middlebury Town Marshal’s Office and the Indiana State Police.  The Goshen Police Department provided assistance along with the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department and the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department.            On Sunday afternoon, August 7, 2005, investigators located Barbara Keim’s body in a cornfield in Kosciusko County, just south of Nappanee, Indiana.  Prosecuting Attorney Curtis Hill has conferred with Kosciusko County Prosecuting Attorney Steven Hearn on the issue of concurrent jurisdiction and both have agreed that Elkhart County will assume jurisdiction over the criminal proceedings involving the murder of Keim.            The case is continuing to be investigated and it is anticipated that formal charges will be filed against the trio by mid week.  Murder carries a prison term of up to sixty-five (65) years. *****