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Explosion that Killed 2 In Indianapolis Ruled A Homicide

6:38 PM, Nov 19, 2012   |    comments
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Indianapolis-- Law enforcement officials confirmed that they are pursuing a criminal homicide investigation in connection with the Nov. 10 Richmond Hill explosion.

According to the Indy Star News, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry, Homeland Security Chief Gary Coons and officials from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police, Indianapolis Fire Department and Department of Code Enforcement were at a meeting, Monday night held at Southport Presbyterian Church, and addressed Richmond Hill residents and the media.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for anyone providing information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case.

Officials are looking for any information regarding a white van that was seen in the area the afternoon of the blast.

The announcement comes just over a week after the deadly blast, damaging 86 homes. Five were completely destroyed and 10 sustained major damage.

Two people were killed in the blast: Dion and Jennifer Longworth, a couple in their mid-30s who lived in a home adjacent to the epicenter of the explosion.

Under Indiana law, a murder charge could be filed in connection with the death of the Longworths if investigators find the explosion was the result of arson.

Much of the focus of the investigation has been on Monserrate Shirley, 47, the owner of the house at 8349 Fieldfare Way where the blast originated.

A week after the explosion, no cause for the blast has been officially determined. Natural gas was likely involved, investigators say, but the disaster site also has been inspected by bomb and explosives experts.

Indy Star News

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