3 bodies found in 5 months have similarities

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Marion County coroner’s office on Monday released autopsy details and toxicology test results for the two bodies found near each other in June.

The report says the bodies of 56-year-old Loy Ofsthon and 45-year-old Selese Goss were severely decomposed. The coroner was not able to determine a cause or manner of death for either woman. The report goes onto say that there were not signs of trauma to the bodies, but drug tests did come back positive for both.

Concerns have risen in the Indianapolis neighborhood where three bodies have been found in less than five months. The women’s bodies were not only found near each other, but the victims have quite a bit in common.

The first of the three bodies was found on June 2 near East 20th Street and Columbia Avenue. It was that of 56-year-old Loy Ofsthon. Just three days later at 22nd Street and Columbia Avenue, the skull of 45-year-old Selese Goss was found.

Then Saturday, police were notified about the body of Edna Wilson just two blocks away. The cases are eerily similar for those in that community.

“These neighborhoods have changed. A lot of the original owners, if they haven’t died, they’ve moved away,” Joyce White said while leaving her church Sunday.

White has fond memories of her time along Columbia Avenue.

“Everybody knew you. If they didn’t know you by name, they knew your grandma or they knew your aunt,” White said.

She is trying figure out how three women have been found dead there.

“And to know that you’ll go out your door one day and there’s this body laying in your back yard or a house is vacant and there’s a body laying around, that right there is scary,” White said.

Even back in June, after the first two bodies were discovered, those living there voiced concerns.

“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,” Joanna Lenoir said on June 10.

All three bodies were identified as African-American women in their 40s or 50s. And neighbors told 24-Hour News 8 at least two of them knew each other.

“It would (lead) you to believe that somebody is preying on that age, and we don’t know if they’re out when they shouldn’t be. We take a lot of freedoms thinking we can go anywhere and walk anywhere and do anything, but there’s somebody out there. The devil is busy,” White said.

But IMPD investigators say they are not linking the three cases together yet. They’re waiting for more autopsy and toxicology details.

Still, White said she’ll play it safe while visiting her church and family in the area.

“Even though we might feel like we’re safe, it’s always good to have somebody looking out for you. There is safety in numbers,” White said.

The chief deputy coroner said the autopsy for Edna Wilson’s body was originally scheduled for Monday, but has now been postponed until Tuesday.

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