Coroner: Woman found at Fountain Square church died of strangulation, multiple stab wounds

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Marion County Coroner’s Office released the cause of death for a woman found dead at the recreational building of a Fountain Square church on Sunday.

The coroner says Julie Morey died from strangulation and multiple stab wounds.

“Kind of broke my heart, because I was like everybody else, everybody liked her,” said Paul Kelly who has been talking to Morey nearly every day for the past six years when he goes through the neighborhood in his wheelchair, “She’s like one of my kids. I got a daughter that’s the same age as her. I can’t see anybody hurting her.”

IMPD responded to St. Patrick Catholic Church at 950 East Prospect Street around 9:15 a.m. on Sunday, November 3 in response to a 911 call of a body found.

Officers found Morey unresponsive on a couch, and Indianapolis EMS responded and announced the woman dead at the scene.

“She cared for everybody. She had no enemies,” said Charles Deem who works at Peppy Grill and would talk to her in the neighborhood.

Deem and his Peppy Grill colleagues are planning a candlelight vigil for Morey Friday night. It will begin at 6pm outside St. Patrick Catholic Church.

Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to call the IMPD Homicide Office at 317.327.3475 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317.262.TIPS (8477), or visit

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