INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-- Sources say a body found Tuesday on the city's northeast side may belong to a missing Muncie woman.
A tip led investigators to a home the the 5300 block of East 43rd Street just after 1 p.m., where remains were found buried in the backyard. Forensic lab technicians and cadaver dogs are at the scene, along with missing persons detectives.
Sources tell FOX59 the property search is being done in connection with the disappearance of Angie Barlow, who has been missing since October 2016. Her family though, hopes there is no connection.
"We won't believe that basically that they found her body," said Christina Barlow Kramer in a phone interview with FOX59. "We won't believe that. We believe that she's out there alive somewhere, and we just keep hanging on to that."
Barlow, 23, was last seen on October 27 before she vanished at a party. Police found Barlow’s car in November.
Just last month, IMPD served a search warrant at a Muncie home in connection with her disappearance. Police arrested a woman accused of stealing $8,000 from the bank account of Barlow’s grandmother. Her parents told FOX59 they hoped the arrest would lead to info about their missing daughter.
In addition to the phone interview, Angie's mother also issued this statement:
“We do want to thank people for any and all information and tips that they give. We really appreciate people looking out and trying to help us in the search for our daughter. It is hard to sit back and wait for results. It's hard to be patient. But, we have to put our faith in law enforcement and trust that they are doing everything necessary to find our daughter. We know that they are actively working.”
IMPD states they are not ruling out a connection to other long-term missing persons cases.
An official identification will not be announced until dental and DNA records are examined. University of Indianapolis forensic anthropologists are on the scene and indicate the remains have been buried for at least several months.
The homeowner is cooperating with officers and is not in custody. He tells FOX59 he's owned the house for years, but hasn't lived there with his teenage daughters until recently. He says it sat vacant for a couple years while he sporadically renovated.
He says they were as shocked as anyone when police came banging on the door with a search warrant Tuesday morning. He's hoping whoever's loved one was buried there soon finds some closure.
Anyone with information on the case should call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.