The Criminal Investigations Division of the Shelbyville Police Department is comprised of three Units; General Investigations, Narcotics Investigations, and Cold Case Investigations.

The General Investigations Unit utilizes 5 Investigators, one of which works the evening shift.  These Investigators work all investigations which include Crimes against the Person, Property Crimes and Financial Crimes. 

The General investigators regularly receive training in evidence collection, interview and interrogation, digital forensics, cyber-crimes, forensic pathology, homicide investigation, sexual assaults, and crimes against children, to name a few.

Our Investigators are equipped with and utilize some of the latest technology in lifting latent fingerprints, collection of DNA, and work closely with the Department Crime Scene Technician and Property Room Division.

Our Investigators pride themselves with having close working relationships with outside agencies and services such as: The Shelby County Sheriff’s Department, The Indiana State Police, and The Indiana Department of Child Services, and many Federal agencies.

Our investigators work closely with surrounding law enforcement agencies and meet with them regularly, as crime has no boundaries and we are often working cases involving the same individuals. 


The Shelbyville Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect or suspects responsible for these crimes. Anyone with information is asked to contact:

Shelbyville Police Department Detective Division at (317) 392-5118, or

Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-8477, or

email Detective Captain William Dwenger at


      Sandra D. (Kuhn) Gahimer was murdered in her home at 1107 Elm Street on January 12, 1997.  She died from "Incised wounds to the neck."  

The Shelbyville Police Department received a 911 call from a pay phone around 11:55 p.m. on the night of January 12, 1997.  The call was from Jennifer Gahimer (daughter).  The call was in reference to a well-being check.  When officers arrived the front door was open and when the residence was searched, the victim was found deceased.


       James J. Ryon was found murdered in his apartment at 515 Eastern Avenue on January 31, 1980.  He died from a gunshot wound to the head.