Skeletal remains found in White River south of downtown Indy identified

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UPDATE (Jan. 6, 2021)– The skeletal remains were identified as 51-year-old Timothy Sparks, according to the Marion County Coroner. His cause and manner of death are still under investigation.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Human skeletal remains were found Wednesday along the bank of the White River, south of downtown Indianapolis, according to officials.

Authorities were called to the 2100 block of South West Street, near Raymond Street, around 3:30 p.m. The caller was able to lead them to a remote location where the remains lay.

“The skeletal remains were actually found about a half-mile down the river to the south in a very, very secluded area. It can only be accessed by boat,” details Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Officer William Young, “We are not calling this suspicious. We are just calling it, right now, our homicide investigators are just calling it a death investigation.”

Due to the location of the remains, IMPD investigators are utilizing help from Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers as well as members of the Indianapolis Fire Department. The investigation is in the early stages, and IMPD officers are unsure if the remains are male or female.

“I’m sure that, that person particularly has a family, and it would tremendously help the family to bring closure to them,” says Officer Young.

IMPD added that they will be in the area for a while investigating the crime scene. The spot of the remains is slowing down the process.

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