Authorities have confirmed the bodies found in a Henry County home Thursday are a father and his two children.
The Henry County prosecutor says 48-year-old Joseph Horn died of a gunshot wound in the home in the 5500 block of W. Old National Road. That's about 1.5 miles east of Knightstown and a half-mile south of US 40.
Horn's five-year-old son, Thomas Cordell Horn, and 11-year-old daughter, Corinne Nicole Horn, were also found dead in the home.
Thursday night, there was overwhelming grief at the overwhelming crime scene. Near dusk, 10 hours after the killings, investigators finally prepared to remove the bodies from the home.
Authorities were first alerted to a problem when the school called to say a child failed to show up for classes. Police came to the home, looked into the window, and saw the little boy lying dead on the floor.
The bodies were found in different rooms of the house, according to the sheriff. The cause of the children's deaths is not being released at this time. Police say there is no evidence of any subjects at large.
The deaths come after what has been called a difficult divorce between Joseph Horn and his wife.
"I can't say, really, what I've been told the past few weeks. I just don't want to go there, but I guess I'm not really shocked, knowing what I know," said one neighbor.
"Right across the street is unreal to me. How anyone can do that, I wouldn't know," said another neighbor.
"My husband and I really like the place. We thought if we ever won the lottery, we'd buy that house."
Now a crime scene, the house was a mile marker on Kate Imel's country walks.
"Very surprising and shocking. We don't have that around here," Imel said when hearing of the horror that took place inside the home. "I can't imagine a mother losing a child. I think about my kids and it's like, 'How am I supposed to live without a child?'"
The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.