Gregory L. Hale, 34, faces one count of murder, a class A felony, in connection of the death of Jennifer Peak, 34, of rural Sullivan County.
At approximately 1 a.m. on Monday, Sullivan County Sheriff's deputies were sent to check on the welfare of Jennifer Peak -- who resided at 1837 East County Road 500 South, in Paxton, according to Indiana State Police Sgt. Joseph L. Watts.
Upon arrival, deputies found the interior of the trailer full of smoke and Peak was found dead in rear bedroom of the trailer while firefighters were on scene.
According to Sgt. Watts, shortly before 1 a.m., Greene County Sheriff's deputies and a trooper from the Indiana State Police post in Bloomington were summoned to a rural Linton residence for a disturbance involving Gregory L. Hale.
Hale, an acquaintance of the residents, had allegedly made statements concerning his involvement in the death of Peak.
As the officers arrived at the rural Greene County home, the suspect allegedly became aggressive toward a sheriff's deputy and was subdued with a Taser.
Hale was then transported to Greene County General Hospital where he was treated and released for minor injuries he sustained during his arrest and some that were self-inflicted prior to the arrival of the trooper and deputy.
He was then transported to the Sullivan County Jail by Indiana State Police detectives from the Bloomington post.
Hale is currently being held without bond.
According to Sgt. Watts, Hale is believed to have driven from the murder scene in the victim's red, Ford, F150, pickup. However, the truck was found burned in a remote area near the Greene-Sullivan State Forest south of Bucktown.
Monday afternoon, ISP released preliminary autopsy results.
"Late this afternoon, an autopsy was performed by Pathologist Dr. Roland Kohr at Terre Haute Regional Hospital. The preliminary results of the autopsy revealed the cause of death for Jennifer Peak is consistent with strangulation. A complete autopsy report will be available in approximately four weeks as toxicology and other tests are pending," Watts stated in a prepared news release.
Hale and Peak were allegedly involved in a prior relationship, but not currently residing together, the ISP report states.
No other suspects are believed to be involved and no additional arrests are expected.
The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released as it becomes available.
Indiana State Police Det. Tom Hanks is the lead investigator. He was assisted by ISP detectives from the Terre Haute and Bloomington posts, Sullivan and Greene County Sheriff's offices, Linton and Jasonville Police Departments, Sullivan County Prosecutor's Office, Sullivan County Coroner's Officer, Indiana Department of Homeland Security (fire investigations), fire departments from Carlisle-Haddon Township, Jefferson Township, and Sullivan City.
Assistant Editor Nick Schneider contributed to this report.