FBI, IMPD conducting investigation into human remains found on east side

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The FBI, IMPD and Marion County Coroner’s Office are investigating human remains found on the east side.

According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the FBI contacted the department after discovering the remains while conducting an investigation in a wooded area near 38th Street and Mitthoefer Road.

The Marion County Coroner’s Office and IMPD are providing assistance in the investigation, although IMPD said the FBI was taking the lead and referred future questions to the agency.

Neighbors say the investigation has been going on for several days.

At least three blue tents have been set up as the FBI and IMPD try to determine why those human remains are here, as well as who they belong to and how long they have been buried.

The discovery though didn’t come as a shock to those who live nearby.

“You know finding some human remains is not surprising at all,” said Tony Hosea.

Tony says he personally walked down trail this week, but was asked to leave the scene by investigators.

“I asked what’s going on.  They said, ‘Top secret.’   I could see they were doing some digging back there in the woods,” said Hosea.

Throughout the day, heavy digging equipment was brought in to the scene.

Tony, and several of his fellow neighbors, say the paved trail is simply not a safe place.

“There’s no patrols on the trails.  It’s easily accessible to the wrong people,” said Hosea.

“It’s become a very dangerous area.  I don’t want to go back there.  Not that I’m afraid, but I don’t want to go there because of what I might find,” said neighbor Tony Parran.

Back in mid-March Tony Parran snapped a picture of State Police pulling an SUV out of the adjacent pond.

It’s not clear if that discovery is connected to the human remains, but Tony says when he asked investigators about the SUV in March, he was given little info.

“They said it was a federal investigation and refused to elaborate,” said Parran.

Whatever the outcome, both Tonys agree added security is needed along the trail in the future.

“There’s a lot of bad people back there doing some bad things,” said Hosea.  “There’s no way to call for help because no one would hear you.  It’s really bad back there you know.”

It’s not clear how long investigators plan to remain on scene.

The FBI issued this statement:

“The FBI is currently participating in law enforcement activity with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the Marion County Coroner's Office where human remains have been located.  As in any inquiry, time will be needed to determine whether these remains are related to an FBI matter.”