INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Officials have released the name and cause of death of a teenage girl whose body was found badly burned behind a west side home this weekend.
Fifteen-year-old Dominique Allen was discovered Sunday afternoon when police say a homeowner was walking his dog in the 1100 block of Elder Avenue.
Detectives said they believe Allen was killed at a different location and then dumped in the yard. The Marion County Coroner’s Office has determined her cause of death to be homicidal asphyxiation.
Police believe Allen was killed first and then set on fire from her waist below to destroy possible evidence.
Investigators are conducting test to determine if Allen had been raped.
Tuesday afternoon, detectives found Allen’s purse and shoes in the backyard of a home in the 1900 block of West 10th Street. Police believe Allen was abducted from her sister’s porch on the west side of Indianapolis — she left her phone behind at the home.
Allen’s family spoke with the media Tuesday afternoon, saying they believe the 15-year-old did not know her killer. IMPD is checking sex offender list in the area. Southwest District Commander Brian Hoffman said this case has been placed on high alert.
“Justice will be served,” one family member said.
“Our sister is gone because of someone’s careless and recklessness,” said Allen’s sister Markeea Allen.
Police provided a photo of Allen wearing an outfit she was last seen in the night she was taken.
Wayne Township Schools said Allen attended Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center. The school district says it will have extra counselors available to everyone for the rest of the week.
“Justice is going to be served this life or the next,” said Shenika Poindexter Allen’s sister.
Police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS or 262-8477 to remain anonymous.