By Brent Brown
---- — GREENSBURG – The Greensburg Police Department is investigating the deaths of a Rush County man and his son following the discovery of their bodies at the Greensburg City Park late Tuesday.
Greensburg Police Detective Bill Meyerrose said GPD officers were dispatched to the scene shortly before 11:30 Tuesday night. There they discovered the bodies of Gregory Hall, 44, and his son Tyler Hall, 14, inside a 2013 Silver Hyundai passenger car.
Meyerrose said the event is being investigated as a murder-suicide. Evidence indicates Gregory Hall fatally shot his son then turned the gun on himself. A handgun was found in the vehicle.
The tragic discovery ended a search that began late Tuesday when concerned family members contacted the Rush County Sheriff’s Department after being unable to reach Hall or his son. Hall had picked up Tyler from Greensburg Junior High School following the dismissal of school Tuesday afternoon. Meyerrose said Hall picking his son up from school was a normal occurrence.
Rush County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Terry Drake told the Daily News his department was contacted at approximately 10:30 p.m. Tuesday when family members were unable to reach Hall. Authorities were notified of the possibility that Hall might be traveling with his son. It was reported that family members were worried Hall had been experiencing suicidal tendencies or thoughts.
The RCSD issued a lookout alert to nearby authorities including the GPD shortly before 11 p.m. Drake said the RCSD attempted to track Hall via his cell phone. By tracking the phone, RCSD officials were able to pinpoint the location of Hall to the vicinity of the Greensburg City Park.
Meyerrose said GPD officers arrived at the park just before 11:30 p.m. and discovered the bodies of both individuals.
An autopsy was expected to be conducted Wednesday in Marion County.
Meyerrose said investigators have not been able to establish a motive for the incident as of Wednesday morning. Family members were notified late Tuesday and early Wednesday prior to the release of the names of the deceased.
Officers remained at the scene of the crime until approximately 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. Members of the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police assisted with the investigation, Meyerrose said.
Decatur County Coroner Charity Banks and Deputy Coroner Doug Banks pronounced Hall and his son dead at the scene.
A somber Greensburg Community Schools Resource Officer Bruce Copple remembered Tyler Hall as a child who constantly wore a smile.
“Our hearts and condolences go out to the family of Tyler,” Copple said.
Copple added that teachers and administrators were briefed of the situation prior to the start of school Wednesday morning.
Extra counselors and other grief specialists were brought to the school to help students and teachers deal with the sudden loss.
Copple said students and teachers will be excused to talk with counseling team members whenever needed. Those services are planned to be offered at least through the end of the week.
Meyerrose, speaking on behalf of the GPD, said his department extends its sympathies to the family.
“We are sympathetic to the family and we appreciate everyone’s help in looking [for the Hall and his son],” Drake said Wednesday morning.
Drake identified Tyler Hall as the son of Amy Stainbrook, a Greensburg resident.
“It’s tragic that it turned out this way,” the Chief Deputy said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hall and Stainbrook family.”
Officials were in the process of creating an Amber Alert for the missing 14-year-old, but no alert was issued due to the discovery of the bodies Tuesday night.
Meyerrose said the incident is still under investigation and police anticipated further interviews with family members.
Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056; brent.brown@greensburgdaily news.com