North Vernon man arrested for Murder

North Vernon, IN—Thursday, Alan Joseph Marantos, 34,  of North Vernon, was arrested on numerous charges related to the murder of a Jennings County man who has been missing since late March 2020.

The joint investigation by the Jennings County Sheriff’s Office and Indiana State Police began on March 28 when the family of Brian K. Kirby, 52, of North Vernon, reported him missing.  Kirby was last seen alive at an address on Primshire Court near North Vernon on March 27. The lengthy investigation determined that Marantos attacked Kirby at the home on Primshire Court.  Marantos then loaded Kirby’s body in a vehicle and left the property.  Marantos took Kirby’s body to another location where Kirby’s body was burned.  Marantos then took the remains to multiple locations around Jennings County where they were discarded.

Investigators collected evidence, including human remains at numerous locations during the course of the investigation.  The Indiana State Police Laboratory recently determined that DNA from the human remains matched the DNA of Brian Kirby. Alan Marantos has been incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail since April 2, 2020 when he was arrested on a Jackson County warrant for Robbery. 

Marantos was served an arrest warrant Thursday afternoon on allegations of Murder, Robbery, Aggravated Battery, Abuse of a Corpse, Obstruction of Justice, and Intimidation. 

He was additionally charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Resisting Law Enforcement, and Leaving the Scene of a Crash as a result of his arrest on April 2.