Source: Crawfordsville Daily Journal 10-2-1919
The body of Robert Lydick, formerly of this city, who mysteriously disappeared from his home in Frankfort last May was found Wednesday evening by Francis Graves on a farm a few miles SW of Indianapolis. He had evidently been dead for several weeks. Graves made the find when he chased a rabbit into the woods. He notified the police and Bicyclemen Reidy and Burk of the Indianapolis force, were sent to investigate the case. The body was in such a state of decomposition that it was impossible for the police to tell much about it, but the position, with the head pillowed on a rolled-up coat, gave rise to a conjecture that the man had lain down to sleep. The body was removed to the NC Tutewiler undertaking rooms at Indianapolis and an investigate disclosed that the body was probably that of Robert Lydick. His wife, who has since his departure continued to reside at Frankfort, was notified and she went to Indianapolis and identified the body as that of her husband. He wore a brown suit, white sox, black shoes and blue shirt, the suit being the same he was wearing when he disappeared from Frankfort. The deceased was 48. At the time he left home he was operating the Uneeda Cafe in Frankfort. His mysterious disappearance at the time could not be accounted for. His brother-in-law, Charles H. Badgley residing on Jennison Street in this city was notified, it being thought he had come to this city, but since that time until the finding of his body nothing had been heard of him. He had been prosperous in his business and was not involved in any way. After leaving Frankfort a warrant was issued against him for deserting his family which consisted of a wife and one child and was in the hand of the police in that city.