Lawrence police investigating 3rd criminal homicide of 2018 after man is found dead in garage

LAWRENCE, Ind. – The Lawrence Police Department is investigating its third criminal homicide of the year after a man was found dead in a home's garage early Sunday morning.

Police were called to the home in the 4900 block of Karen Dr. to investigate after a family member said they weren't able to find 63-year-old William Bowling. When officers arrived, they discovered Bowling in the garage, deceased.

Officers say they observed indications of trauma to Bowling, so detectives requested technicians from the Indianapolis/Marion County Forensic Laboratory Services Agency to process the residence, and began a suspicious death investigation.

Monday, the Marion County Coroner’s Office ruled the cause of death to be blunt force trauma. Detectives don’t believe it was a random act and it’s now being investigated as a homicide.

"There were no signs of forced entry at the residence so that would indicate that it's possible this is somebody that perhaps he's familiar with or somebody he recognized," Lawrence Deputy Police Chief Gary Woodruff said. "From what detectives have been able to determine the only thing that's missing is his wallet thus far."

Police said Bowling took care of a relative, and other residents described him as a nice neighbor who was quiet. The news came as a shock to some.

"I didn't see anything other than I didn't see him, that was the problem," one neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous, said.

"No doubt, I mean I was shocked, I was surprised to hear," another neighbor said.

Residents and police were already in the process of reactivating a Brookhaven neighborhood crime watch.

"We as a community are going to mourn the loss of anyone in our community, but also we want to let people know that Brookhaven is an excellent place to live," Beth Earlywine, a co-coordinator of the group, said.

There will be a Brookhaven neighborhood outreach meeting June 21st at 6:30 p.m. at Lawrence United Methodist Church, where police will be on hand to address recent events. In addition, the crime watch will have a meeting on July 10th.

"It's time that we take our streets back to protect our children," Earlywine said.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Lawrence police at 317-549-6404. If you want to remain anonymous, you can also contact Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at (317) 262-8477.