Investigation underway after man found dead inside near east side home

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INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 14, 2015) – Indianapolis Metropolitan police are conducting a death investigation after performing a welfare check Wednesday.

Around 11:40 a.m. Wednesday, officers were dispatched to the 2900 block of Brookside Avenue after a family member called saying he hadn’t spoken to his son for several weeks.

Inside the home, officers found the man and saw apparent signs of trauma. EMS personnel pronounced him dead.

IMPD’s Homicide Unit is talking to witnesses and processing evidence at the scene. The victim, a man in his 50s, hasn’t been identified yet, pending notification of his family.

“Homicide is here, they’ll complete the investigation, talk to anybody, any possible witness, family members, things like that,” said Sgt. Frank Wooten with IMPD. “They’ll go out and they’ll canvas the neighborhood, if they got any other witnesses in that, they’ll determine the cause of death, and then they’ll put out any information they can on that.”

Police say there were several days of mail in his mailbox, so it could have happened several days ago.

The victim lived only with his dog, which was taken by the victim’s father. Police said they had responded to noise complaints at the home in the past, but nothing more serious than that.

Police said the circumstances surrounding the man’s death are still unknown. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS (8477). Callers may also text “INDYCS” plus tip information to 274637 (CRIMES). All information shared via Crime Stoppers is considered anonymous.