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Nikki Lanpher: Police search for clues in death of Hendricks County woman who disappeared

lanpher1The family of Nikki Lanpher says she was last seen on July 19. On July 25–not long after her family reported her missing–remains were found near Raceway Road in Hendricks County. Authorities couldn’t make a positive identification at first, saying the remains were too decomposed. They later identified Lanpher through dental records and said she had been hit by a car before she died. They are now searching for a vehicle and any clues related to her death.

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Brownburg police are asking for the public’s help in bringing a family closure in the death of 26-year-old Nikki Lanpher.

Lanpher’s body was found in a field along Raceway Road on July 25. She was last seen on July 19.

Brownburg police said Tuesday that Lanpher had been struck by a vehicle while walking south in the 2700 Block of Raceway Road at approximately 11:30 p.m. on the 19.

Police are asking if anyone has any information to come forward.

Officers say the person who struck Lanpher may not have even realized they hit a person.

“There aren’t very many street lights out, so there’s a possibility that the person that struck her had no idea that they did, they could have thought that they hit an animal. We just want to bring closure for the family and we wanna end the investigation and find out exactly what happened,” said Sgt. April Hyde with the Brownsburg Police Department.

Sgt. Hyde say Lanpher was walking home at the time. Her body was found 10 feet off the road.

Evidence from the vehicle was recovered from the scene, but police are hoping the public can bring Lanpher’s family closure.

If you know anything about what happened, call the Brownsburg Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.

HENDRICKS COUNTY – A woman whose remains were found last week had been hit by a car, police say.

The remains of Nikki Lanpher were discovered Thursday night in the 2700 block of Raceway Road. Family members last saw her on July 19.

On Thursday, July 25, Lanpher’s body was found, but police couldn’t immediately identify her because of decomposition. Dental records later confirmed her identity. An autopsy found that she had been hit by a vehicle, Brownsburg police said.

Investigators said the area has little lighting and was very dark, conceding that whoever hit her may not have realized it. Police believe it happened sometime after Friday, July 19 at 11:30 p.m.

Detectives are now looking for any information about the case. Anyone with a tip should call Det. Jennifer Barrett at (317) 852-1109 ext. 2121 or Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.

HENDRICKS COUNTY – Authorities in Hendricks County have identified a body found Thursday as 26-year-old Dawn “Nikki” Renee Nicole Lanpher.

The remains were found in the 2700 block of Raceway Road around 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Investigators said they were in a ditch about 10 feet off the roadway. Initial identification was difficult because the body was badly decomposed. According to the Hendricks County Coroner’s Office, dental records allowed them to make positive identification. An autopsy was conducted Friday morning.

Lanpher has been missing for several days. Her family said she was last seen on July 19. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department reported her as missing on July 24.

According to Brownsburg police, a criminal investigation is underway in the case.

Officials have found the remains of a woman hidden in the grass in Hendricks County.

Crews were called to the 2700 block of Raceway Road Thursday evening.

According to police, a person was searching for a family member who had recently been reported in the area at the time.

The remains are badly decomposed so identification has not been made yet. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.

No other information has been released.