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Body found in Shelbyville is man missing since 2018

There were no signs of foul-play surrounding Beagle's disappearance or at the scene where his body was found.

SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (WTHR) — Police say a body found in an empty apartment in Shelbyville is that of Derek Beagle, 44, who went missing Nov. 2018.​

Officers were called to 14 East Broadway Street after a body was discovered in the attic above an empty apartment.​

"At this time, the cause and manner of Derek's death is undetermined, and is still under investigation," said Detective Jason Brown with Shelbyville Police.​

Beagle's family is seeking answers. ​

"He went out to smoke, left his phone, wallet, everything inside," said his son Conner Beagle.​

Conner says that was unusual.​

"I've never seen him go out to smoke without his phone once. Neither of us have," said Beagle.​

Police say Beagle was last seen on West Jackson Street.​

Detectives say when they found his body, there were no signs of trauma or foul play.​

Investigators say tenants had been complaining of an odor for some time. ​

A maintenance worker discovered the source.​

Beagle's family is filled with emotions.​
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"Sad, rage, because you really don't know what happened. There's no answers really," said Kaden Branam, Beagle's son.​

The family says it's been a nearly year-long investigation into his disappearance and they are just hoping for closure.​

"He never said a bad thing about nobody. He stayed to himself. He's a very good guy. He was very giving. He was social. He was a very down to earth person," said Branam.​