Concert-goer’s body found in dry creek bed
LAMB – A Hardin County search party found the body of Raymond Shane Barnett, 30, Indianapolis Thursday in the area of Hillcrest Baptist Camp, on the same road as the Hog Rock Campground, according to Barnett’s mother, Debbie Hanks.
Hanks notified the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department after Barnett had not returned home with his friends after The Gathering of the Juggalo’s music festival ended Sunday.
He was found in a dry creek bed about two miles from the Saline River, Hardin County Coroner Roger Little said. He was sitting in the creek bed and had taken off at least some of his clothes, indicating he might have been trying to cool off, Little said.
“They told me he just laid down and took his shoes off and his shirt off like he was trying to get cooler,” Hanks said.
Barnett had been taken from the festival grounds by ambulance to Hardin County Hospital for treatment of heat exhaustion on 1:42 p.m. Saturday.
Hanks said hospital staff used IVs to rehydrate Barnett, and he was released about two hours later after telling the staff he felt better.
Hardin County Sheriff Tom Seiner had one of his deputies pick Barnett up at the hospital and return him to the festival where his friends and his ride were, but Barnett never made contact with his friends.
Seiner said the deputy dropped Barnett off at the Hog Rock gate with a security guard with Tenable Security. Hanks understands Barnett did not enter the festival grounds, but instead walked up the road.
“A guy did say yesterday he saw the sheriff drop him off at the gate, then he walked up the road,” Hanks said.
She believes Barnett was in a state of delirium due to heat exhaustion.
Although an autopsy had not been performed by press time, Hardin County Coroner Roger Little indicated it looks as though dehydration and heat may have played a factor in the death. He is not yet sure whether heat is the sole factor.
The autopsy was to take place 1 p.m. Friday at the Vanderburgh County, Ind., morgue.
“The sheriff said he had to tell him four times to buckle his seat belt and he was mumbling to himself under his breath on the ride. That says to me he wasn’t in any shape (to be released from the hospital),” Hanks said.
Illinois State Police are investigating Barnett’s death, Hanks said.
Hanks said it was out of character for Barnett not to have buckled his seat belt when told by the deputy because he was always cautious and compliant when interacting with authority figures.
Barnett indicated at the hospital he had not eaten in three days, Little said.
Barnett was a musician performing in at least three dark metal bands, according to Barnett’s Web site. Hanks said one of his bands was Block-head, based in Indianapolis.
“He had a big heart,” Hanks said.