LOVETT, IN (WAVE) - According to sheriff's deputies, a teenager has admitted that he killed a Jennings County, Indiana couple. 17-year-old Ryan Renfroe is being held after officers found Greg and Marguerite Gough dead inside their Lovett home. Police say it was an investigation into an abandoned car that led to the alleged confession.
Around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, Indiana State Police troopers found a red, 1987 Camaro crashed in a ditch on County Road 850 South. As officers investigated, a person nearby told troopers a boy asked for a ride to Seymour. The man told officers he dropped the person off at T/A Truck Stop at US 50 and I-65. After troopers ran the license, they found out the owners of the car were not the person seen it.
According to a press release by the Jennings County Sherriff's Office, officers drove to Gough's home in Lovett to find out why their car was abandoned in a ditch. At that same time, Indiana State Police found the boy who witnesses said was driving the Camaro and was later identified as Renfroe. When troopers tried to speak to Renfroe, they say he tried to flee. Renfroe was taken into custody after a brief struggle. A representative with the department said troopers found a handgun on him.
Gough's neighbors said Tuesday night was like any normal night in Lovett. Patricia Smith said she saw Greg Gough setting up to target shoot. "[They] shot for an hour and a half or so. They cleaned up. I thought everything was fine," Smith said.
Smith said she saw Gough practicing with a boy she didn't recognize. Troopers and neighbors believe that teenager was Renfroe. When Smith saw Gough and the boy get into Gough's Camaro to test drive it, she thought he might be selling it.
"They got in the Camaro. [The] kid drove down and Greg drove back. And they shot some more. They were sitting down there talking and stuff just normal," Smith said.
Smith went inside her home after that, but she later hear two more gunshots. "It kinda startled me because they'd already put their stuff away," Smith said. She remembered hearing the Camaro speed-off.
Janie Burns, who also lives in the neighborhood, has known Renfroe since he and her grandson were in grade school. She said Renfroe hadn't been in the neighborhood for two to three years and showed-up out of nowhere. "He said, 'do you care if I hang out for a little?' while and Luke said I don't care."
According to Burns, Renfroe stayed with the Goughs Monday night, but she thought he had left on Tuesday. "He asked how Greg and Marguerite were," Burns said.
Burns also said she heard Gough practicing shooting at his home on Tuesday and she didn't know Renfroe had stopped by there.
"It's hard to believe that he could have done that," Burns said. "The Ryan I know was, as far as I know, he didn't get into any trouble. You know, he's just a kid."
Renfroe has been charged as an adult with two counts of murder and burglary. He is being held at the Jennings County Jail.