Suspicious package at Zionsville church believed to be hoax, authorities say
ZIONSVILLE, Ind. — Officials have cleared the scene after a suspicious package found at a church in Zionsville led to an evacuation and investigation.
Shortly before 1 p.m. Sunday, officials say they received a report of a suspicious package from the Zionsville Presbyterian Church near the intersection of 116th Street and North Michigan Road.
Police say the package was discovered inside a bag on top of a refrigerator in the church’s break room.
Those at the church told officers a woman inside was “acting strangely.” The woman reportedly stayed for the church service before leaving suddenly.
After taking and analyzing an X-ray image of the package, police say a bomb squad unit with the Indiana State Police opened the package to find a glass jar containing an unknown liquid. In the liquid was a cell phone wrapped in newspaper.
Authorities say they don’t believe this to be a bomb, but instead a hoax.
The bomb squad and their K-9s searched the entire church for additional packages or devices.
Anyone with information regarding this incident should call the Zionsville Police Department at 317-873-5967 or Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477.
An investigation is ongoing.