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INDIANA HOME EXPLOSION INVESTIGATED AS HOMICIDE

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The house explosion that killed two people and destroyed several homes in an Indianapolis neighborhood is now being investigated as a homicide, authorities said, though no suspects have been named.

Indianapolis Homeland Security Director Gary Coons announced the criminal investigation Monday evening, shortly after a funeral was held for the husband and wife who had lived next door to the house where investigators believe the blast occurred.

“We are turning this into a criminal homicide investigation,” Coons said after meeting with residents, the first public acknowledgement by investigators of a possible criminal element to the Nov. 10 explosion.

Search warrants have been executed and officials are now looking for a white van that was seen in the subdivision on the day of the blast, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said. Federal authorities are offering a $10,000 reward for information in the case.

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  1. thirdtwin

    November 20th, 2012

    Somebody get careless with their meth lab?

    Recent religious conversion?

    Inquiring minds want to know.

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  2. Plain Jane

    November 20th, 2012

    Shades of Back to the Future where Marty & Doc ran from the savages in the white van.

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  3. Stranded in Sonoma

    November 20th, 2012

    Where is Brett Kimberlin?

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  4. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    November 20th, 2012

    Why is it always a white van?

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  5. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    November 20th, 2012

    or Bronco?

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  6. Nutjob

    November 20th, 2012

    @stranded in Sanoma,

    Be prepared for the swat team at 3 am for that comment.

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  7. Rick

    November 21st, 2012

    Sounds like aircraft accident investigation: “When you don’t got a clue, always assume Pilot Error first.”

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  8. RUDE JUDE

    November 21st, 2012

    The woman of the couple killed was an elementary teacher at the nearby school where the homes are. Meth lab and gas leak already said to NOT be the cause before homicide was detected. I’m sure person will get caught. I think there was an “ex” husband involved somehow with one of the two most damaged homes.

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  9. Stirrin the B.S.

    November 21st, 2012

    It’s an insurance fraud gone horribly wrong. I heard in another report, that not only were the family members out of town, but that their dog was also being boarded at the time.

    A friend of mine who is in the insurance business said that if you’re going to commit fraud, then you have to be prepared to lose your family pet as well as all personal momentos.

    Insurance investigaors are very thorough when it comes to this kind of thing. Check the homeowners’ credit report and you might find that there were problems.

    Most frauds are with fire, and things like accelerants are pretty easily detectable. A bomb explosion is pretty unique, but I imagine the source will be discovered eventually – residue, internet searches on how to make a bomb, etc.

    I’m sure that the homeowners had no intentions of harming anyone else, but that they had no idea how strong the blast would be.

    Guilty until proven innocent.

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