John R. Crum
John R. Crum
An 83-year-old Peebles man has been charged with murder after a woman was found dead Wednesday morning in Ripley.

At approximately 10:29 a.m. Wednesday, the Brown County Sheriff's Office received a report of an unresponsive female found at 5969 Ripley Day Hill Road in Ripley.

Upon arrival at that location, the body of Marsha Thigpen, 62, was located beside a pickup truck that was registered to her.

Members of the Brown County Sheriff's Office, Drugs and Major Crimes Task Force and the Brown County Coroner's Office responded and processed the scene.

On Aug. 10, the Brown County Sheriff's Office received forensic information confirming that the cause of death of Thigpen was a gunshot wound to the head. The wound is consistent with the type of wound caused by a small caliber firearm.

As a result of information gained in the investigation, John R. Crum, 83, of 1323 Portsmouth Road, Peebles has been charged with one count of aggravated murder and one count of murder. He is reported to have been a previous boyfriend of Thigpen.

Crum is currently being held at the Brown County Jail. He was arraigned in Brown County Municipal Court on Aug. 11 and bond set at $2,000,000.

The investigation into this incident is continuing.

Anyone who has any information regarding this incident can contact the Brown County Sheriff's Office at (937) 378-4435.