Police launch homicide investigation into death of former Elder HS basketball star

DEARBORN COUNTY, IN (FOX19) - Indiana State Police now are treating a Lawrenceburg death investigation as a homicide after a man was found dead in his home on Memorial Day.

Thomas Biedenharn, 73, was found dead inside the residence on High Ridge Court in the Hidden Valley neighborhood.

Biedenharn was a 1962 graduate of Elder High School and a prolific basketball player for the school.

He played on the 1960-61 team that went undefeated in the regular season and finished 20-1, and he led the 1961-62 team in scoring, averaging nearly 25 points per game, according to Elder High School records.

Biedenharn is 11th on the Elder career scoring list dating back to 1960 with 729 points in three varsity seasons. His 24.8 points per game in 1961-62 is the highest single-season scoring average in the school's record book.

Crews responded to the home around 2:15 p.m. Monday when they received a call for an unconscious man.

Communications between medics and dispatchers suggest that soon after the first responders made it into the home, the person inside was past the point of help.

Evidence at the scene indicated possible foul play, police say, and an autopsy conducted Wednesday determined the death was a result of a homicide.

Police have not arrested anyone yet.

Neighbors said the person living in the home was an older man who lived by himself and, for the most part, kept to himself.

Anyone with information regarding the investigation is asked to call the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post at 812-689-5000.

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