Updated 12:42 a.m., February 3, 2015
(VNO)- Jason Bolton would be celebrating his 40th birthday this year. Instead, he never celebrated his 17th. He never got to graduate high school, get married, or have kids.
How do two boys end up passed out at the same time, only feet apart in the roadway? Jason was struck and killed. The other fled the scene and claimed to have never been there (resulting in obstruction of justice charges).
The Coroner ruled this an accidental homicide. The family has received anonymous letters over the years stating that this was a cruel murder involving several perpetrators. There is no statue of limitations for murder; police have this open as an active investigation. Jason’s story has gained national attention.
Jason Dale Bolton was born in Connersville, Indiana on April 15, 1975 to Margie Boyer. He died August 21, 1991 in Fayette County, Indiana. What really happened the night of August 21, 1991 resulting in the mutilation and death of 16 year old Jason Bolton? This is a question that has haunted his sister Tomi Bolton Schmid for over 20 years.
We spoke at length with his sister.
“We grew up poor, and in a bad part of town. But Jason was a good kid. He was helping an elderly lady stack firewood and haul water the day before he died, he worked hard at a local stone quarry to help us and he was only 16. Jason would help anyone, he wouldn’t stand by and let someone hurt another without getting involved. One rumor is, it got him killed, that he tried to stop some guys from raping a girl at a party. ”– Tomi Bolton Schmid
So what was Jason doing lying in the road unconscious at 3:00 am on August 21, 1991?
Victims News Online’s team has reviewed the witness statement, photos taken by the coroner (too graphic for the public eye) and interviewed Jason’s family. We attempted to contact Timothy “Tiny” Pursifull Jr. who was the other individual reportedly “passed out” in the roadway, yet allgedly fled the scene upon Jason being struck.
Witness stories vary greatly. Coroner Joseph E. Todd ruled it an accident, yet the investigation into the events of that night by the local police remains in an open status (though deemed a “cold case”).
Jason’s sister is convinced that she not only knows what happened that night, but who may be responsible. And that she will not rest until her brother receives the justice she feels he deserves.
“My mom fought to uncover the truth, so did my grandma and my uncle. They are all gone now. My uncle burned up in a vehicle fire one night. It was ruled an accidental fire, but my uncle had found out stuff. I believe if they would exhume Jason’s body that evidence went to the grave with him. The boots he had on are in a bag in there, there’s even talk around town that a weapon was slipped into his coffin. I think that with the technology available today, Jason’s body will tell them what happened and who tortured and mutilated him before placing him in the road and running over him. His pictures keep telling me, ‘“They murdered me’”. Jason is speaking to us in those photos of his death. He’s trying to tell us. But no one will listen!”– Tomi Bolton Schmid
The Coroner’s Tale
The Coroner’s report told this story.
Jason and his friend Timothy “Tiny” Pursifull Jr. had been visiting friends and drinking beer. They decided to walk to Jason’s father’s house and upon doing so became sleepy and stopped to rest. The boys either fell asleep or passed out on the County Road and were in the roadway when a vehicle driven by Duane A. Grim came upon them about 3:00am. According to the deposition given to [investiating officer] Trooper Fields by Mr. Grim, he thought he saw a person in the road and drove left to avoid hitting him, not seeing Jason on the other side of the road. The front left tire struck Jason in the groin area causing severe loss of tissue in the groin area the body was pushed down the road for a short distance and then the vehicle passed over it, crushing the rib cage on the left side and fracturing the skull in two places.
The theory that he and Pursifull were walking to the father’s house is quite suspect. Jason was estranged from his father. He had never even met his father.
There are other inconsistencies.
“What that report says, and the pictures show doesn’t make sense. His whole groin area was just mutilated. There was even a little testicle on the side of the road. Rumors around town, and even some anonymous letters I have received, say that they did that to him before they put him in the road. That they cut all of that off, and they thought he was dead but he wasn’t. He had passed out from loss of blood and pain. When they put him there and ran over him it was to cover up what they had done. That’s what people say. And I think people are telling the truth.
Back then a Coroner was elected – they didn’t have to have any medical training for it. There wasn’t even an autopsy. Jason needs to be exhumed. We need to know the truth, whatever it is, once and for all. He deserves that. I deserve that.
My life stopped the night I identified baby Jason. I went there that morning, to where it happened. They didn’t even clean it up. There were latex gloves and I even picked up a couple teeth I would have done more then, but I didn’t know. I only saw his face. No one told me about his groin area! I didn’t even know until I finally got my hands on those pictures. At first the Coroner told me no. But he called me the next morning and said he had thought about it all night, and if I would meet him in 20 minutes he would give them to me so I did. That’s when I realized the rumors were true, his whole groin area was just….gone…mutilated. I saw a picture of a little white thing on the side of the road by the grass I didn’t even know what it was. Coroner Joe Todd told me it was a testicle. And it was! It was a little severed testicle.” –Tomi Bolton Schmidt
Victims News Online asked Tomi Bolton Schmidt what she felt was the next plan in getting to the truth of the events that led up to her baby brother Jason’s life being so tragically cut short. She affectionately still refers to him as “baby Jason”.
She said besides one of the people she feels are responsible for a lot more than they acknowledging coming forward and telling her what really happened, she wants her brother’s coffin exhumed. She wants to know the real story.
“Please allow your heart and understanding to open up an honest investigation into Jason’s death. This is all we ask.”- Tomi Bolton Schmid
The one she feels Jason is trying so desperately to tell us from beyond the grave.
If you have any information regarding this case please contact:
Detective Scott Jarvis
9022 South State Rd. 67
Pendleton, IN 46064
The Facebook group “Join Us on the Journey 4 Justice 4 Jason Dale Bolton” may be found here.