INDIANAPOLIS — The four bodies pulled from a pond on the southwest of Indianapolis Tuesday evening have been confirmed to be those of a missing Indianapolis man and his three young children.
The Marion County Coroner’s Office identified the deceased as 27-year-old Kyle Moorman, 5-year-old Kyle Moorman II, 2-year-old Kyannah Holland and 1-year-old Kyran Holland. A cause and manner and death has not been determined.
The week-long search for the missing family came to a tragic end when the body of Kyle Moorman was found in a pond near Bluff Road and Troy Avenue at 7:42 p.m. Tuesday.
A little more than five hours later around 1:15 a.m. Wednesday, a car matching the description of the black Saab Moorman was last seen in was pulled from the pond by Indianapolis Fire Department divers. The three children were found deceased inside.
Loved ones say Moorman took his children fishing at the pond near Bluff and Troy on the evening of July 6. His cell phone was last active there at 12:48 a.m. on July 7.
Moorman’s family had been searching the pond area for several days before the terrible discovery was made. Many were upset investigators had not concentrated their search efforts on the area earlier. Family told us a bottle belonging to 1-year-old Kyran was found along the edge of the pond before the bodies were recovered.
“We’ve been out here alone,” said Mariah Moorman, Kyle Moorman’s sister on Monday evening.
“Nobody (will) help us,” said Gloria Hamblen, Kyle Moorman’s aunt.
On Tuesday, FOX59 crews witnessed verbal confrontations between family and police.
“These are answers we might not ever have the answers to, but I guarantee you the detectives that are working behind me will do everything they can to provide answers to this family and our community,” Chris Bailey, IMPD assistant chief said at the scene.
A family member of Moorman announced a $10,000 reward for information on him or his children’s whereabouts on Monday.
Police continue to investigate how the car ended up in the water.
Alicia Cortes Gonzalez lives just off the pond. She and her family have lived in their home for about a year and said people fish on the water often but she believes the land is private property.
”I think it’s privately owned and people break in and fish, because it’s usually gated and locked,” Cortes Ganzalez said.
She said she believes the gate to the pond has been open for about a month. Cortes Gonzalez said she and her family did not see anything unusual down on the water. She said they even fished there Sunday, after Moorman and his kids were last seen.
”It makes me nervous for my kids,” she said. “It makes me nervous for just everything about it. I’m thankful that my kids were fishing Sunday and they didn’t come across anything.”
Cortes Gonzalez said she’s hoping for answers for the family and the community.