Late Monday evening, a man suffering with severe burns over most of his body was admitted into Greene County General Hospital.
The admission has sparked an investigation involving the Linton Police Department and the Indiana State Police into the cause of the man's injuries.
According to a document filed in Greene Superior Court, the hospital contacted the Linton Police Department with concern that the injuries sustained were related to methamphetamine manufacturing. The patient was later airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital and was reported to be in critical condition at the time the document was filed late Tuesday afternoon.
The Linton Police Department got another call later that evening. At 1:04 a.m. on Tuesday, they responded to a restaurant in Linton about an unresponsive person in a vehicle. When they arrived, they found a man asleep in a pickup truck. Officers noticed the passenger side of the truck had sustained a large amount of damage from a recent fire and they questioned the man about the damage.
He allegedly said he and his buddy were driving down the road and his buddy was filling a lighter with fluid, spilled it, then lit a cigarette which caused a fire.
Late Tuesday afternoon, the court approved a request for a search warrant issued for the purpose of searching the truck to look for controlled substances, precursors and other ingredients used in the manufacture of methamphetamine along with equipment, paraphernalia, clothing, accelerants, burn samples, fabric samples and lighters.
The affidavit, filed to support the need for a search warrant, prepared by ISP Trooper Brad S. Stille, states after the injured man was engulfed in flames in the truck, the driver allegedly dropped him off at his parents' house and the parents of the injured man took him to the hospital.
According to the affidavit, an LPD officer had seen the driver washing the truck at a Linton car wash, prior to the incident at the restaurant, and smelled a chemical odor coming from the truck.