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September 20, 2010

Arrest made in White death

RUSHVILLE —  

Officers from the Rushville Police Department took Rebecca Marie Combs, 36, of Rushville, into custody Thursday shortly after 3:30 p.m. Combs is facing local charges in the death of an Ian Andrew White, 20, of Terre Haute as well as charges in Shelby County. White was found unresponsive the afternoon of May 6 in a Rushville apartment in the 200 block of West Fifth Street that listed Combs as the tenant. Combs had called 911 shortly after 1 p.m. that day and told the dispatcher that the 20-year-old White was unresponsive. Once responders arrived on the scene and after they assessed the situation Rush County Coroner Ann Moster was contacted. Following her arrival on the scene she pronounced the young man dead. An autopsy determined a controlled substance led to the young man’s death and a lengthy investigation followed. Investigators also determined that Combs was responsible for providing some of the illegal drugs in White’s system at the time of his death. “She provided some of the drugs that were found in his system during the autopsy,” RPD Detective Todd Click said. Combs is facing local charges of dealing a controlled substance and her bond was listed at $120,000. She is also facing charges in Shelby County of operating a motor vehicle after her driving privileges were suspended for being deemed a habitual traffic violator. “Unfortunately, no one wins in a situation like this. This will not bring Ian back, but it may provide some closure for his family regarding the matter,” Click said. At the time of his death, White, a Columbus resident, was a student at Indiana State University in Terre Haute. Frank Denzler can be contacted at (765) 932-2222 ext. 106 or via e-mail at frank.denzler@rushvillerepublican.com. Visit our Web site at www.rushvillerepublican.com.

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