Risinger tells detectives he killed unidentified man in fire PDF Print E-mail

Joshua B. Risinger, 28, Salem, admitted to detectives that he started a fire on his mobile home, thus killing a man inside on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.


Risinger’s confession is included in a probable cause affidavit released by the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office.

Emergency personnel was called to a fire at around 7 pm March 14 at 212 Teresa Street in Southway Villa.

The affidavit says once the fire was extinguished the fire department notified Salem Police Officer Russell Wilcoxson they had identified a deceased individual inside the mobile home.

The body was found in the middle of the living room in the burned mobile home.

An autopsy was performed on the body by the Kentucky Medical Examiner the next day, but the results were inconclusive and authorities are awaiting further test results.

Risinger told Indiana State Police Detectives Matt Busick and Brian Busick that the individual’s name was “Gilbert.”

According to the affidavit, Risinger told police that he killed “Gilbert” by starting a fire in the home.

When emergency workers arrived on the scene they were told by Southway Villa Manager Roddy Humphrey that just before the fire was reported he saw a man he knew lived in the burning mobile home walking through the trailer park.

Humphrey described the man as wearing a jacket with something over his head and he was carrying a bag.

Salem Police Officer Alex Bilbrey patrolled the area and located him walking on Jackson Street.

Bilbrey made contact with the man and Salem Police Department Assistant Chief, Tim Miller, arrived shortly thereafter.

The man, later identified as Risinger, advised officers that the house was on fire and he just walked away.

Risinger is currently incarcerated at the Washington County Detention Center. There is no bond and his next court appearance is set for April 20 at 9 am.