EPD: man's death at fire scene was a homicide

Jun 13, 2018

Police say the death of a man whose body was found in a burning apartment was a homicide. 

Evansville firefighters found the body of 41-year-old Gerard Elliott Matts in the abandoned building at Read and Michigan streets Sunday morning.

Based on an autopsy, investigators believe Matts was deceased before the fire started.

In an email, the EPD said Matts’ body was “severely burned.”

The Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office hasn’t yet released the cause of death. 

Nicholas Mathew

Nicholas Mathew, or “Uncle Nicky,” as his 14 nieces and nephews called him, was the life of the party. And Uncle Nicky loved to document family get-togethers.

Last Sunday evening, the family went to Buffalo Wild Wings to celebrate his favorite niece’s birthday. In usual fashion, Uncle Nicky was snapping photos and posting them on his Facebook wall.