Zionsville police continue searching for killer in city’s 4th ever murder

ZIONSVILLE, Ind. -- Police in Zionsville continue working around the clock to try and track down the man who shot and killed an 82-year-old man in front of his own home.

No arrests have yet been made, but one retired homicide investigator says the first thing detectives need to do is focus on the victim’s background.

The victim, John Clements, was shot and killed in his own driveway by a high-powered rifle.

“If I was in charge of the case, I’d look at the victim first. Why would somebody want to kill him?” said retired IMPD homicide captain Robert Snow.

Snow has written numerous books on solving murders.

So far, Zionsville police have not said if the shooting of Clements is random or if the suspect and victim knew each other in any way, but Snow says truly random killings are very unusual.

“99 percent of your cases there’s a motive. Someone will gain by this person’s death. That’s what you have to find as a detective. Who has the strongest motive?” said Snow.

The killing this week is only the fourth murder in the history of Zionsville, although 3 have taken place this year.

In early 1997, in Zionsville’s first ever murder, a woman died after being hit in the head and strangled at her home.

Police say the victim Janice Willey was killed by her husband’s best friend who had been hired to commit the crime.

In February of this year, police found two people shot to death in a rural Zionsville home.

Investigators claim Lucious Hamilton killed his niece Katherine and her 4-year-old son Raymond over inheritance money.

Those cases both involved family members as suspects, which Snow says made them easier to solve.

“Most times you’ll find you don’t get as many random murders as you think. Quite often you’ll find some connection between the murderer and the victim ,” said Snow.

Zionsville police say whoever killed Clements likely drove away in a white Chevy Impala, but Snow says if police can’t find a motive for the murder, making an arrest will be a challenge.

“If it is truly random case, it’s going to be tough to solve,” said Snow.

In this case, the victim’s family has asked for privacy. They did not want to release a picture of Clements.