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February death of woman found in alley now ruled a homicide, Indianapolis police say

Posted at 9:48 PM, Apr 08, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS — Police say the death of a woman whose body was found in an alley in February on the city's north side has been ruled a homicide.

Indianapolis metro police found the victim, now identified as Cynthia Shouse, 43, while responding at about 10:30 a.m. Feb. 12 to the 2600 block of Winthrop Avenue for a report of a body discovered there, said IMPD Lt. Shane Foley.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Marion County Coroner's Office on Friday determined Shouse's death was a homicide. As of Wednesday, April 6, the cause and manner of her death were pending.

On June 22, police said a person was arrested in connection with Shouse's killing. he was later identified as Tyrone Barnes, 44, who was charged June 21 with reckless homicide.

Police asked anyone with more information to contact IMPD Detective Jeremy Ingram at 317-327-3475 or Jeremy.Ingram@indy.gov. Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-TIPS or online.