A saga that began Friday night has possibly ended in tragedy. Tonight authorities confirm they found a body they believe could be connected to a missing person's case in Gibson County. This is a look at the scene located about a mile west of Crossville, Illinois. State police and the White County Sheriff's Department are processing that scene, but cannot yet confirm if the body is a male or female.
Fifty-eight year old, Sandra Burkhardt, remains missing this evening and was last seen Friday at the Walmart in Princeton. This evening twenty-five year old, Thomas Davidson, is in custody in Posey County for crimes allegedly committed earlier today. The Mount Vernon Police Chief confirms Davidson admitted to those crimes, but authorities say his crimes most likely did not stop there. Crimes spanning all over from alleged burglaries, battery, theft, a missing woman, and the list goes on. It all has authorities knee deep in a major investigation this evening, with new details unavailing every hour.
"There's so many jurisdictions involved in this. There's four to five counties involved in this now." says Gibson County Sheriff George Ballard. One man is now allegedly at the center of a major crime spree spanning over parts of southern Indiana, and now possibly into Illinois, twenty-five year old Thomas Davidson. "Friday night we got a report of a missing person," says Sheriff Ballard. Ballard says fifty-eight year old, Sandra Burkhardt, was last seen leaving the Walmart in Princeton around ten Friday night with her young grandson. Officials believe she made it back home, but they say at eleven that same evening, Burkhardt's daughter came to the home to find her mother missing. She also found her young child alone, and Burkhardt's silver Ford Focus missing. "Then, around eight o'clock this morning, down in Posey County, there was an incident where shots were fired, battering of a female, and the vehicle was, in that particular incident, this silver Ford Focus that was Burkhardt's car. She wasn't in the car."
Posey County officials say there was, however, a woman with Davidson during that incident. She was nineteen year old Mount Vernon resident Kiersten Young. Police say Young did not know Davidson, she was just with him and a group of friends from earlier in the day. An altercation occurred when shots were fired at Young while they were in the car at a Mount Vernon gas station. Officials say Davidson then took his crime spree through three more counties, allegedly burglarizing a home in Spurgeon for money and weapons, later, in Winslow, he allegedly took a cell phone , and police believe he could have been responsible for a break-in at a Warrick county home.
"We do know he has relatives in Louisiana. He's not a native for our area. Best to our knowledge, he's only been around here a couple of months," says Ballard. Officials say Davidson eventually wrecked Burkhardt's Focus, only to climb behind the wheel of a white SUV. Numerous agencies finally caught up with Davidson about four miles from Pike County High School. "He had a nine millimeter hand gun in his waste band, so they thought he was going to go for that gun. It was some point that they drew their guns, ordered him down on the ground, and were able to apprehend them."
The Gibson County Sheriff's Office confirms Davidson once lived near Sandra Burkhardt in Gibson County.