Indianapolis police found three bodies in a “remote area” near the I-465 south of Indiapolis Tuesday night, according to police.
This death is being considered a murder.
An unemployed Indianapolis Metropolitan Police found the bodies during a search of a wooded area in the 4400 block of South Meridian Street, between Lick Creek and I-465, shortly before 8 p.m., an IMPD spokesman told reporters Tuesday evening.
A police officer found two dead people at the scene, William Young, said a spokesman, and called other police officers. Recently, a third deceased was found in the area.
The Maron County coroner later identified two of the dead as 18-year-old Joseph Thomas, and 22-year-old Michael James. The two men died of gunshot wounds. A third person, identified by a coroner as John Doe, had not yet been identified as Wednesday afternoon.
The missing people who report Thomas are taken away before 2:30 pm on Monday, according to police. IMPD on Tuesday brought out pictures of Thomas, asking the community for help to find him.
Investigators will be tracking within 90 calls made to the area and working with Indiapolis-Marion County Forensic Services Agency to determine what happened. The Marion County Coroner’s Office will look into the identity and cause of death in this case.
Officials Tuesday night used ATVs to monitor the building when the bodies were found.
“This is going to be a lot of research,” said Young, noting the bodies in a remote area that are hard to find. “As you can imagine, with a rural area or a log center close to the center, it makes the investigation even more difficult.”
The junior described the unemployed officer as a hero in the war and said the officer was “constantly inspecting” the area as part of his work unrelated to the IMPD. Offices typically handle maintenance work when they are not on duty with the department.
The three died, Young said, bringing the city to 215’s annual massacre. But one shot later that night left two others dead.
Tuesday night he asked community members near the 4400 block of South Meridian Street to contact police if they saw a suspected incident or “something wrong with you” in the area Tuesday evening.
He asked anyone with information to contact Detective Jose Torres at the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or email him at Jose.Torres@indy.gov.
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“I can’t say enough about how important it is for the public to provide our investigators and detectives with information,” Young said.
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