Man says he found murder victims’ belongings in dumpster

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INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 24, 2014) – An Indianapolis man told FOX59 he found a bag filled with items belonging to the victims of a quadruple homicide case last week.

Police found the bodies of 21-year-old Hayley Navarra, 22-year-old Kristy Mae Sanchez, 43-year-old Jacob Rodemich and 47-year-old Walter Burnell inside a home on the 3200 block of South Parker Avenue, last Thursday.

Indianapolis Metropolitan police announced Monday they had arrested Kenneth Rackemann, 24, Samantha Bradley, 20, Valencia Williams, 21, and Anthony Larussa, 26 in connection with the slayings. Formal charges are pending.

Police said the suspects knew the victims and went to the house with the intent to rob them of drugs and money.

A resident of Westlake Apartments, who did not want to be identified, told FOX59 he was dumpster diving with his young son on Friday and discovered a sealed black bag. He said it was full of clothes, an ID card, keys, a laptop, and a cell phone. He went home and turned the phone on to investigate who it belonged to.

“There was a couple of text messages… and one of them said that he was going to be missed and to rest in peace and that’s when it all kind of hit me what this stuff was,” he said.

The man called the phone number that had sent a text message and was connected to the brother of one of the victims. The brother told the man that what he’d found was incredibly important and to stay put for police to come and collect it.

“It’s shocking,” the man said. “As big as this city is, that I found something kinda like a needle in a haystack.”

Detectives reportedly searched that dumpster and seized the garbage bag full of evidence before returning to the apartment complex on Sunday.