Coroner’s office confirms burned teen’s identity, says she was strangled

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INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 2, 2014) – The Marion County coroner says a 15-year-old Ben Davis student died from homicidal asphyxiation and confirmed her identity Tuesday.

Officers were dispatched to the 1100 block of Elder Avenue at approximately 12:30 p.m. Sunday. When they arrived, they found the teen suffering from apparent signs of fire trauma.

The coroner’s office confirmed the girl’s identity as 15-year-old Dominique Allen. Police believe she was killed at a different location before her body was dumped behind the Elder Avenue house and set on fire. Friends had previously told FOX59 that Allen was the victim. The case has been ruled a homicide.

Homicide detectives questioned a number of people in the area Monday, but no suspect or person of interest has been named. On Tuesday, investigators said they’d found a purse and sandals they believe belonged to Allen near an abandoned home at 10th and Lynn. Detectives told FOX59 that Allen was abducted at her sister’s home and taken to another location where she was strangled. Her body was then taken to 11th and Elder, where a man came across her remains while walking his dog.

Police ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.

Ben Davis Schools released the following statement:

“The Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township was heartbroken to learn that a burned body found behind an Indianapolis home at 12:30 Sunday afternoon has been identified by the Marion County Coroner’s Office as a Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center student.  The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is still investigating this incident and has not released her name.”

“This week we will have additional counselors available in our schools for students and staff who may need assistance.”

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