Man charged with two counts of murder PDF Print E-mail

Saturday (August 20, 2016) at approximately 5:50 pm, detectives from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg arrested Joe P. Hambel, 29, from Aspen Drive in Salem. 

Hambel was charged with Murder, Two Counts, for the deaths of Valerie E. Dicus and Joseph R. Hobson.

The victims were located just after midnight Saturday at the place they were residing at 304 Small Street in Salem.

They were found unresponsive and were later pronounced dead at the St. Vincent’s Hospital in Salem.

The Salem City Police Department requested assistance from Indiana State Police Detectives and Indiana State Police Crime Scene Investigators who responded to the scene.

Autopsies were completed this morning on the victims at the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville, KY. Dicus died of a single gunshot wound and Joseph R. Hobson died of multiple gunshot wounds.

These results are preliminary and the final autopsy results will not be made available until Toxicology results are determined which usually takes six to eight weeks to be completed.

The Washington County Prosecutor and the Washington County Coroner are assisting in the investigation.

Hambel is just facing charges. He is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.