Missing woman found dead in North Mon...

Missing woman found dead in North Monroe fiels

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#1 Oct 3, 2010
October 3, 2010

It wasn’t like Crystal Grubb not to call, her mother Janice said. She never missed a call with her daughters, 6-year-old Abby and 2-year-old Rose.

Based on information provided by her family, authorities were able to identify 29-year-old Grubb as the woman whose body was discovered Friday afternoon in a northern part of the county, Monroe County Coroner Nicole Meyer confirmed.

Grubb had been reported missing to Bloomington police by a family member on Sunday evening, Sept. 19, when family hadn’t heard from her and couldn’t contact her.

According to a Bloomington police investigation, Grubb was reportedly with some friends in the area of North Business Ind. 37, just south of the four-lane highway of Ind. 37, the evening of Saturday, Sept. 18. It was reported to police that Grubb got mad at her friends and walked away. Her friends left the area without her.

Police searches in the area, including ones led by police dogs, had previously turned up nothing.

Grubb’s body was discovered Friday afternoon in a field off Showers Road in northern Monroe County. Detectives from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office are also now investigating the woman’s death.

Friday evening and Saturday morning, officials had yet to determine Grubb’s identity.

No form of identification was found with the woman, Meyer said Saturday morning. Initially, Meyer said she needed to seek results from DNA samples and tests to positively identify the body, as decomposition hindered authorities from determining identity and age.

With information provided by Grubb’s family, authorities made a positive identification for Grubb later Saturday.

A two-hour autopsy conducted Saturday morning in Terre Haute had proved inconclusive in determining Grubb’s cause or time of death, Meyer said. Results from toxicology reports may take three to six weeks.

Meyer could not say whether Grubb’s death was considered suspicious, only that an investigation is ongoing.

Grubb’s aunt, Susan Norris, described her as a kind-hearted, giving person, and as someone who loved to have fun.“She loved life in general,” Norris said.

“She’s a real special girl; all my girls are special,” her mother said.“We’d do a lot together as a family.”

“Crystal was in and out, yes, but you know, we were all just like a normal family.” That family included her two daughters, Abby and Rose; father, Timmy Grubb; and sisters, Susan Nicole and Bessie.

Her mother said through tears:“We all really loved her and cared for her.”

Janice Grubb said it was of some relief that Crystal was finally found, but stated she wanted justice if someone had hurt her daughter.

The family’s next big worry is funding her funeral, her mother said. They don’t have enough money to bury her.

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