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Burned body found in Indy back yard ruled homicide

Posted at 10:15 AM, May 16, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS — The death of a man found burning in the back yard of a home in Indianapolis on Wednesday has now been ruled a homicide.

Firefighters were called to a home on Drexel Avenue just before 6:30 a.m. after a neighbor reported a fire burning at the rear of a residence. Responding firefighters discovered a man's body under a pile of debris that had been set on fire, according to an officer at the scene.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department PIO Jim Gillespie said Thursday that the fire was on the back deck of a home and the body was discovered after the fire was put out. The victim's identity has not been released.

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IMPD homicide detectives were called to take over the investigation and later determined that the victim had undisclosed trauma, according to Gillespie. The man's death was ruled a homicide.

The incident remains under investigation by IMPD.

Anyone with information about the crime should contact IMPD or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.

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