INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indianapolis police are investigating after a man’s body was found in a burning vehicle Wednesday morning.
Emergency crews were called to a pickup truck fire in the 3600 block of Dearborn Avenue around 6:30 a.m.
Neighbors on Dearborn Avenue woke to a truck engulfed in flames.
“There was two poppings. There was two sounds, like explosions,” described Jacqueline Lizarrega who lives nearby.
Travon Mays also lives in the neighborhood, “Burnt up truck, truck burnt. The doors burnt, just, it’s terrible. Really, everything just looked like it was a disaster really.”
After firefighters put out the blaze, a new investigation began.
“The smoke cleared from what was later determined to be a pickup truck. Firefighters actually found a deceased male in the vehicle,” said Sgt. Kendale Adams of IMPD.
Lizarrega stood by, helplessly, “I just sat there like dang. If I would’ve known before, I would’ve told one of the guys to help take the fire off. But couldn’t, because I didn’t know.”
At this time police aren’t calling this a homicide, but also haven’t ruled out the possibility. They’re waiting on the coroner to perform an autopsy to determine if the victim was injured prior to the fire. Investigators say it could be connected to a shooting on Lullwater Lane, which is also on the city’s east side.
“That will be something that our investigators will continue to look at and continue to connect those dots if those possibly exist,” said Sgt. Adams.
Police are now leaning on the public for answers, “How the community can help us is by coming forward with information. We know that there are people in the community that know these types of things are brewing. And we need to know about it so we can disrupt those illegal behaviors,” said Sgt. Adams.
Police have not released the victim’s name pending family notification.
This death marks the fourth Indianapolis homicide in under 24 hours. About an hour earlier, a man was shot and killed on the far east side of the city.
Two others were fatally shot in separate incidents Tuesday evening.
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