A 31-year-old man was charged with murder Saturday after Indiana State Police found the remains of a man buried in the backyard of his Calumet Township, Ind. home.
A tip led police to 3963 Calhoun St. on Friday morning, where they found bones that have been there for about one year, ISP spokeswoman Sgt. Ann Wojas said.
Calvin Peacock, 31, of that address, was arrested and is being held at Lake County Jail in Crown Point, Ind. He was charged Saturday with a Class A felony count of murder, Wojas stated in a release.
Peacock, who has an extensive criminal history, was living there with a woman and her children. After obtaining a search warrant, investigators collected evidence from inside the house and cordoned off the yard where the bones were found. The remains were of an adult male, according to the release.
Lake Ridge Volunteer Fire Department responded to a large bonfire in Peacock’s backyard earlier this month, but police aren’t saying if there is a link between the fire and discovery of the bones.
Stephen Nawrocki, forensic anthropologist from University of Indianapolis, arrived Saturday to collect the bones. Nawrocki, who has made other trips to Northwest Indiana recently for similar investigations, will examine the bones and provide his conclusion on the age, race, sex, size and cause of death of the body.
Police estimate the bones have been buried for “over a year,” she said.
The discovery of the bones should not cause the public to be alarmed, Wojas said.
“There is no immediate risk or threat to public safety,” she said. “There’s no serial killer out there,” she added.
Court records show Peacock’s most recent address is in the home in Calumet Township, but he previously lived in Lake Station and Merrillville.
Peacock, 31, pleaded guilty to criminal recklessness for a 2004 arrest involving firing a shotgun in his backyard when he lived in Lake Station. He had originally been charged with attempted murder because Lake Station police were in the line of fire.
Peacock also has arrests for battery and drunken driving.