Man arrested for murdering estranged wife

By Herald Staff

Edward Fox

PIKE COUNTY — The Indiana State Police have arrested Edward A. Fox, 64, Washington, for the alleged murder of his estranged wife, Sharon Fox, 66, Petersburg.

Edward was taken to the Pike County Jail on Monday. He is currently being held without bond.

At approximately 7:52 p.m. on July 19, Pike County 911 Dispatch received a call from Edward asking for law enforcement to conduct a welfare check on his estranged wife, who resided at 3081 North County Road 575 East, Petersburg. A Pike County Sheriff’s deputy arrived to find Sharon at the bottom of the basement stairs.

She was pronounced dead by the Pike County coroner.

An autopsy was performed the following day revealing Sharon had injuries consistent with falling down a set of stairs. A cervical spine fracture was the injury causing her death. The autopsy also concluded that Sharon died approximately two days prior to police discovering her body at the bottom of the basement stairs.

During the investigation into Sharon's death, it was revealed that Edward and Sharon were going through divorce proceedings and a protective order had been filed in June by Sharon against Edward.

Indiana State Police Detectives believe that on or about July 17, Edward forced his way into Sharon’s home and allegedly forced her down the flight of stairs causing her fatal injuries. After reviewing the investigation, the Pike County Prosecutor’s Office issued an arrest warrant for Edward. He was arrested at approximately 1:50 p.m. in Jasper without incident.

Edward has been charged with murder (a Level 1 felony), burglary (a Level 1 felony) and another count of burglary (a Level 4 felony).

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