Homeowner reacts to decomposing bodies found in neighborhood

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH)-Several people who live on the northeast side of Indianapolis not only knew two women whose remains were found a block apart, they said the women knew each other.

The first body was found on June 2nd, near East 20th and Columbia Avenue and the skull of the second woman was found on June 5th in the 2200 block of Columbia Avenue.

24-Hour News 8 anchor Daniel Miller talked with a homeowner about her concerns.

JoAnna LeNoir has lived on the 2000 block Columbia Avenue since the 1960’s. She said a lot has changed on her street over the years. She said her block is becoming a dumping ground because she’s not getting any help trying to clean it up.

“The neighborhood is not cared for like it needs to be,” she said.

LeNoir talked with 24-Hour News 8 outside her home on Columbia Avenue. We went to her neighborhood to find out more about the two bodies found on her street. What she told us, took us by surprise.

“This probably is about the fourth body that they’ve found in this area in the last three years,” she said.

This past week, IMPD officers found the bodies of two women dumped in the neighborhood. 56 year-old Loy Ofsthon’s body was discovered in the woods. Three days later, 45 year-old Selese Goss’ skull was found, too.

“There are common denominators that exist between all of them,” said IMPD Officer Christopher Wilburn.

Neighbors we talked to recognized the women. They didn’t want to talk on camera, but LeNoir said she’s not surprised they were found here.

“Too many trees, too many bushes covering things up and with it only being two families on this block it is a safe dumping ground for anybody that wants to dump,” she said.

Across the street from LeNoir’s home sits a vacant house. The outside of the house is surrounded with overgrown weeds.

“It just doesn’t make sense to live in an area where you can’t even see across the street. You can’t even see the back of that house because of the woods,” LeNoir said.

24-Hour News 8 contacted the Mayor’s Action Center to get their response, but the office was closed. LeNoir said she just wants answers before another crime is committed.

“It’s not that I’m concerned that this just happened, I’ve been trying to get this neighborhood cleaned up for the last 15 years,” she said.

There were no missing persons reports filed on Goss or Ofsthon and police still don’t know how they died. Autopsies on both of them were performed this week. Police are waiting on toxicology results to determine their cause of death.

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