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Tracks in the snow, blood trail lead police to man's body on Indy's far eastside

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Posted at 9:49 AM, Jan 26, 2023
and last updated 2023-02-01 14:13:41-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Police say tracks in the snow and a trail of blood led them to the body of a man outside a home on the city's far eastside.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers were called to the 3600 block of North Wittfield Street around 12:20 a.m. for a report of shots fired.

Arriving officers located tracks in the snow and blood trail which led them to a stolen vehicle. Further searching led police to the body of a 23-year-old man. The man had a gun beside him, according to police.

The Marion County Coroner later identified the victim as Jaylin Darran Smith.

Police have not identified any victims at this time.

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