Family of woman found dead in basement hoping for information

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The family of a 21-year-old woman killed in March is hoping for information, to find whoever did it.

Police say Shannon Kleeman was found dead in the basement of her step-mother’s home on Linwood Avenue at the end of March.

Her family says a month later, with no concrete answers yet, it’s difficult to even begin to heal.

“Every day, it keeps popping into my head, this is really happening. You can never imagine it,” said her older sister, Crystal Combs. “She was amazingly sweet. One of the purest people in this world. She would never hurt anyone, or anything.”

Shannon’s older siblings took care of her, saying her parents had both passed away.

They say Shannon had a mild mental disorder with the emotions of a young teenage girl.

She graduated from Howe High School in 2012 at the age of 19.

“She was just the most innocent soul that I know,” said her older brother, Joshua.

They say Shannon loved animals and wanted to be a vet. They say she’d gone to take care of the dogs at her step-mother’s house while her step-mother was in the hospital.

That night she never came home. Shannon’s older sister Crystal went looking for her.

“It still doesn’t seem real. I can’t get the images out of my head, what my baby had to go through,” said Crystal.

The Marion County Coroner’s office says official cause of death was a shotgun wound to the head.

“This wasn’t a little pistol,” said Joshua Combs. “This was a 12-gauge shotgun.”

Combs says he thinks finding that gun may be a key piece to finding the person who shot his sister.

“I don’t know where this gun is, but it’s a key part. If anybody has bought this gun, I will pay you double what you paid for it,” said Joshua. “There’s somebody out there that has this weapon. If anybody has bought a 12-gauge shotgun, or has seen one laying around that wasn’t there before, have it looked at, tell someone.”

Shannon’s family says they’re hoping for any small bit of information. They’re putting up fliers throughout the neighborhood, and in gas stations, in the hopes of finding an answer.

“I can’t start healing while this person is out there. And heaven forbid he does that to anyone else’s child. I don’t want anyone else to feel like this,” said Crystal.

Police tell 24-Hour News 8 detectives are continuing to track down several leads but haven’t released any other information yet.

If you have information on this crime, you can remain anonymous, and are asked to call Crimestoppers at 262-TIPS. You can also text “INDYCS” plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES).

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